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We are shocked and devastated by the senseless crime motivated by hatred and racism that was committed in our community on June 6. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed, and wish a full recovery to the surviving young boy who remains in hospital. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim partners, colleagues, clients, friends, and neighbours in rejecting Islamophobia in all forms, and demanding better for our community. Hatred has no place here. It diminishes every one of us. Each of us shares the responsibility for putting an end to it. We recognize that as members of the legal profession, our share of that responsibility is heightened. This unspeakable crime strikes at the very core of the Muslim community’s sense of security and will have a lasting impact. Although this tragedy can never be undone, we believe the goodness in our city will prevail. We commit to be better for each other, to demand better from each other and to share love, kindness and tolerance with one another. We must stand together to build a safer, more inclusive community for all.

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Published on: 20 Mar 2017 By

$120,000 Fine for Ontario Water Resources Act Violations

Aecon Construction and Materials Limited (“Aecon”) is in the business of constructing complex highway infrastructure, airfields projects, residential and commercial developments, landfills,  and bridges in addition to other large infrastructure projects. On February 8, 2017 Aecon pled guilty…

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Published on: 14 Mar 2017 By

Another Migratory Bird Convention Act Conviction for Harm to Bank Swallows

On February 9, 2017, a construction company pled guilty to offences under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (“MBCA”) for the destruction of Bank Swallow eggs, nests and nest shelters. This resulted in fines of $7,500 to be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund. Enforcement office…

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Published on: 6 Mar 2017 By

Logging companies fined $2.2 million under the Fisheries Act

On January 9, 2016 following convictions under the Fisheries Act in 2015, three companies were fined $2.2 million in a B.C. Provincial Court, for offences dating back to October 2010. The fines were imposed under the former Fisheries Act provisions for the “harmful alteration, destruction an…

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Published on: 3 Mar 2017 By

Significant Fisheries Act fine issued to owner of Quebec refinery

Valero Energy Inc., the owner of the Lévis, Quebec-based Jean-Gaulin Refinery, has received a $500,000 fine for violating the Fisheries Act. Reportedly, in 2008, the company accidentally released some 200,000 litres of heavy fuel oil into a stream that flows into the Saint-Lawrence River. En…

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Published on: 27 Feb 2017 By

Hudson Bay Company ordered to pay $765,000 for PCB Violations

Last December, the Hudson’s Bay Company was fined for a large release of PCBs into the St. Lawrence River in 2011. The release involved 146 kg of PCBs, exceeding the permitted amount by 146,000 times, though it was estimated that 48 kg were discharged into the St. Lawrence. On December 7, 20…

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Published on: 23 Feb 2017 By

The Canadian Government is Considering Coal Mining Effluent Regulations

The federal government is contemplating the introduction of new limits on effluent discharges from coal mines. The new regulations are proposed to be introduced under the Fisheries Act and would limit the levels of suspended solids, nitrates, and selenium that can be discharged and would req…

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Published on: 17 Feb 2017 By

Ontario Announces Continuation of Offshore Wind Turbine Moratorium

Ontario announced earlier this week that it would be extending its moratorium on offshore wind turbine projects. The province had initially announced the moratorium back in 2011. The government has indicated that it requires further research before authorizing the development of off-shore wi…

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Published on: 10 Feb 2017 By

National Energy Board Hearings for Energy East Starting Over

A month and a half after Minister Carr appointed three new panel members to the National Energy Board, the Energy East pipeline review will be starting over from the beginning. We reported in December that the Minister appointed the new members to the Board following the recusal of the forme…

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