Category Archives: Environment

Fuel-supply company fined $200,000 for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Environment and Climate Change Canada reports that, on May 21, 2020, Scamp Industries Ltd., a fuel supplier based in Western Canada, was fined $200,000 in the Provincial Court of British Columbia after pleading guilty on June 17, 2019, to five … Continue reading

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It is the time for nature: World Environment Day 2020

In celebration of Environment Day 2020 on June 5, we publish here in full the speech given by Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme “World Environment Day is a day of … Continue reading

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Paul Manning ranked by Lexpert as one of Canada’s Leading Environmental Law Practitioners

I am delighted to have been included by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory  in its 2020 ranking of Canada’s Leading Environmental Law Practitioners and to have been “repeatedly recommended” by my peers in Lexpert’s survey. Thank you to all my … Continue reading

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Ontario suspends Environmental Bill of Rights temporarily due to COVID-19

The Ontario government has made the Temporary Exemptions Relating to Declared Emergency (Regulation) exempting all proposals for policies, acts, regulations and instruments from posting requirements under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) and removing the requirement to consider Statements of … Continue reading

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Coronavirus could trigger biggest fall in carbon emissions since World War Two

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Carbon dioxide emissions could fall by the largest amount since World War Two this year as the coronavirus outbreak brings economies to a virtual standstill, according to the chair of a network of scientists providing benchmark emissions … Continue reading

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Volkswagen ordered to pay largest environmental penalty in Canada’s history

Volkswagen AG was ordered to pay an unprecedented $196.5 million fine in the Ontario Court of Justice  on January 22 after pleading guilty to 60 charges for offences under federal environmental legislation. Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to 58 counts of … Continue reading

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Provincial Pollution Indemnity Does Not Cover Regulatory Order: SCC Overturns Ontario Court Of Appeal

The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Resolute FP Canada Inc. v. Ontario (Attorney General) deciding that an indemnity given by the province to private corporations did not extend to the … Continue reading

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Paul Manning Speaks at the  Hazardous Waste and Environmental Response Conference – HWERC 2019

I was delighted to to join the roster of speakers at the  Hazardous Waste and Environmental Response Conference – HWERC 2019, which took place at the Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga yesterday and today. My presentation, titled The Duty to Report … Continue reading

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Ontario aerosol manufacturer fined for violating Environmental Emergency Regulations

As of August 24, 2019, the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 replaced the existing Environmental Emergency Regulations., which require industry to take steps to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the accidental release of harmful chemicals. The Regulations require that any person who owns, … Continue reading

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Company fined $564,000 for Unlawful Import and Sale of Products Containing Volatile Organic Compounds

Les Entrepôts A.B. inc., a Québec-based company, was fined a total of $564,000 after pleading guilty, on October 4, to three counts of contravening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive … Continue reading

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