Category Archives: federal environmental regulation

Ontario takes its carbon tax challenge to the Supreme Court

In our article “Federal Carbon Tax Is Legal” published on June 30, 2019, we reported that the Ontario Court of Appeal had upheld the federal government of Canada’s constitutional right to impose a nationwide price on carbon emissions. As anticipated, … Continue reading

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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’s climate is warming twice as fast as global average

Canada’s Changing Climate Report (CCCR), led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, has just been released. It is the first major report of the current National Assessment, Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action, launched in 2017. The CCCR makes … Continue reading

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Environmental Law Moot – the Orphan Well Decision

I had the pleasure last week of joining with other senior members of the Ontario environmental law bar to help judge the 2019 Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot. Thank you to my colleagues at Willms & Shier for inviting … Continue reading

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