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Ponoka fined $70,000 for sewage discharge permitted by province

While federal environmental enforcement is less frequent these days, the fines imposed are getting larger. The small town of Ponoka, Alberta (population about 7000) was fined $70,000 after pleading guilty to one count under the Fisheries Act. The Town was releasing effluent from their wastewater lagoon in the Battle River, as permitted by the Province, [...]

PAPER financing for energy conservation

Some form of municipal financing that runs with the land has tremendous potential to accelerate energy conservation and green energy retrofits for existing buildings. The David Suzuki Foundation has published a detailed report on one such concept, Property Assessed Payments for Energy Retrofits and Other Financing Options (PAPER). PAPER would treat energy conservation and green [...]

Fail to notify gets big fine

On March 9, 2011, Scotland Agromart Ltd. was fined $75,000 for failing to notify the ministry of a pesticides spill. On a related charge, Summerville Custom Spraying Limited was fined $25,000 on October 27, 2010. Total fine, $100,000 plus the 25% Victim Fine Surcharge.  

Successful nonsuits- hazardous waste

Successful non-suits of environmental prosecutions are rare.   A non-suit is granted only when the Crown has failed to offer any evidence, no matter how manifestly unreliable, of the essential elements of the offences charged. I was therefore particularly pleased to achieve three non-suits on October 18. Judge Mackey of  the Ottawa Court of Justice [...]