519 672 2121
Close mobile menu

Is spilling drinking water an offence?

Clark Builders, construction managers for a new pool building at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton in 2009, hired a subcontractor to dig the foundation pilings.  Clark had failed to locate underground water mains before digging began, and the subcontractor  hit a water main.  This released around 12 million litres of chlorinated water into the North Saskatchewan River, waters known to have the greatest diversity of fish species of any river in Alberta.  The chlorinated water was analysed and found to be harmful to fish.

Following a guilty plea to one count under the Fisheries Act, the company was ordered to pay a penalty of $285,000.  Of this, $15,000 represents a fine, while $270,000 will be paid to the Environmental Damages Fund (administered by Environment Canada) where it will be used to conserve and protect fish and fish habitat in Alberta.

News & Views


The more you understand, the easier it is to manage well.

View Blog

Neurological imaging to prove brain injury in medical negligence litigation

A brain injury is when cell death occurs in the brain, which can affect an individual’s capa…

Take note: employers may be responsible for paying CPP and EI premiums on employee tips and gratuities

According to a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision, employers who receive electronic tip…