Category Archives: federal environmental regulation

Canada to Recognize Right to a Healthy Environment

The Government of Canada announced today that it will modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) and, in so doing, will recognize Canadians’ right to a healthy environment. The Government of Canada is proposing to recognize that every individual … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Canada declares Trudeau’s Carbon Pricing Plan Constitutional

In 2018, Parliament enacted the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, S.C. 2018, c. 12, s. 186  (“GGPPA ”). Parliament passed the GGPPA based on an international consensus that greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global climate change. Countries around the world committed to drastically reduce … Continue reading

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Government of Canada introduces bill to legislate net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Yesterday, the Canadian Government introduced legislation, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, to achieve Canada’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Act will do the following: Legally bind the Government to a process to achieve net-zero emissions … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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