Microplastics and Tap Water – Where Does it Stop?
A recent study has highlighted again concerns over the near-ubiquitous presence of microplastics in our water. Awareness has been growing about microplastics and their impacts upon the marine environment and, potentially, human health. Previously, the bulk of the research done on the topic h…Continue reading the post titled Microplastics and Tap Water – Where Does it Stop?
Obstruction Charge Results in 45 Days in Jail
On August 14, 2017, an individual operating an automotive and scrap metal business at a property situated along Haldimand Highway in Canfield was sentenced to 45 days in jail for obstructing Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Provincial Officers (“Ministry Officers”) in the perfo…Continue reading the post titled Obstruction Charge Results in 45 Days in Jail
Episode of Reality Television Show Leads to Environmental Prosecution
It’s not often that the worlds of reality television and environmental regulatory enforcement collide. However, recently, a Yukon-based company became subject to an environmental prosecution by committing an environmental offence in a reality television episode. Tamarack, Inc. engages in pla…Continue reading the post titled Episode of Reality Television Show Leads to Environmental Prosecution
$100,000 Fine for Selling Tetrachloroethylene
On August 16, 2017, Dalex Canada, pled guilty to one count of contravening the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations (“Dry Cleaning Regulations”) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (“CEPA”). Dalax Canada supplies equipment and ser…Continue reading the post titled $100,000 Fine for Selling Tetrachloroethylene
Coal Mine Fined $4.5 Million for Provincial and Federal Offences
A coal mining company was fined approximately $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties as a result of a spill from its tailings pond into tributaries flowing into the Athabasca River in Alberta. Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC (formerly known as Coal Valley Resources Inc.) pled guil…Continue reading the post titled Coal Mine Fined $4.5 Million for Provincial and Federal Offences
New Treaty Governing Ocean Biodiversity on the Horizon?
A new treaty governing biodiversity and the use of nearly 50 per cent of the world’s oceans, is inching closer to realisation. The biodiversity of the world’s oceans are increasingly under threat from over-fishing, pollution, the decline of biodiversity, and acidification, among other perils…Continue reading the post titled New Treaty Governing Ocean Biodiversity on the Horizon?
Mount Polley Subject to Private Prosecution Due to Province’s Failure to Act
In the fall of 2016 MiningWatch Canada initiated a private prosecution under the Fisheries Act against the British Columbia government and Mount Polley mine as a result of the collapse of the Mount Polley tailings dam in 2014. The failure of the dam resulted in 25 million cubic metres of was…Continue reading the post titled Mount Polley Subject to Private Prosecution Due to Province’s Failure to Act
Partial resolution to ongoing litigation related to 2008 oil spill in Kawartha Lakes
In the latest twist in a long-standing saga, the Superior Court of Justice has ruled partially in favour of a landowner upon whose property in Kawartha Lakes an oil spill. In mid-December, 2008, Thompson Fuels (“Thompson”) delivered 700 litres of fuel oil to the residence of Wayne Gendron. T…Continue reading the post titled Partial resolution to ongoing litigation related to 2008 oil spill in Kawartha Lakes
NAFTA Reform, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and Environmental Regulation
Canada, the United States, and Mexico are set to begin the re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) in August. The foreign investment protection chapter (Chapter 11) is likely to be among other contentious aspects of the treaty to be addressed. Chapter 11 protects …Continue reading the post titled NAFTA Reform, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and Environmental Regulation
Neighbourly Bad Blood Results in Cost Award at the Tribunal
An alleged oil spill that occurred in 1990, giving rise to extensive proceedings before the Environmental Review Tribunal (“Tribunal”) and Superior Court, took an unexpected turn earlier this year, leading the Tribunal to issue an unusual costs award. In May 2014, the Ministry of…Continue reading the post titled Neighbourly Bad Blood Results in Cost Award at the Tribunal