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Published on: 23 Mar 2017 By

Canada rejoins the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

On March 21, 2017, Canada officially once again become a party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (“UNCCD”). The UNCCD was established in 1994 to address the problems arising from the increasing arid areas of the world, where many of the world’s poorest and most vulne…

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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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