Category Archives: Environmental

Tugboat owners ordered to pay largest single spill fine under Fisheries Act

On October 13, 2016, the tug boat Nathan E. Stewart ran aground at Edge Reef near Bella Bella, British Columbia, resulting in the release of approximately 107,552 litres (28,412 gallons) of diesel fuel and 2,240 litres (591 gallons) of lubricants. Both substances are deleterious to fish and … Continue reading

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Dry cleaner fined $77,000 for violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

On July 5, 2019, Serge Forest, owner of the dry cleaning company 9042-6560 Québec Inc., operating as Net Escompte-Serge Daoust in Laval, was sentenced and ordered to pay a penalty of $77,000. He pleaded guilty to four counts of violating … Continue reading

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Federal Carbon Tax Is Legal: Ontario Court of Appeal

On Friday June 28, 2019, Ontario’s Court of Appeal released its decision upholding the federal government of Canada’s constitutional right to impose a nationwide price on carbon emissions. The Ontario provincial government, which brought the challenge, will seek leave to … Continue reading

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Husky Oil fined $2.7 million for oil pipeline spill into the North Saskatchewan River

The Energy East Pipeline approval application to the National Energy Board faced considerable opposition from numerous intervenors not least Indigenous communities, many of whom where concerned about the potential impact of an oil pipeline spill into the rivers and lakes  … Continue reading

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Canada to ban harmful single-use plastics and hold companies responsible for plastic waste

As part of a series of measures to reduce Canada’s plastic waste, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau announced yesterday that Canada will: ban harmful single-use plastics (such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks) ensure that companies that manufacture … Continue reading

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Bulletproofing Your Company (and yourself) Against Legal Liability For Contaminated Land

Please join me at this month’s Toronto Business Lawyers’ Association breakfast where I will be speaking on the topic Bulletproofing Your Company (and yourself) Against Legal Liability For Contaminated Land. The event takes place on May 16, 2019 at 8:30 am in … Continue reading

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Ontario Plans To Amend Excess Soil and Brownfields Regulation

Ontario is proposing changes to the excess soil management and brownfields redevelopment regime. The changes are designed to “make it safer and easier for more excess soil to be reused locally…while continuing to ensure strong environmental protection” and to “clarify rules … Continue reading

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