Government Relations & Negotiations

For dealing with federal, provincial and municipal environmental legislation and regulatory bodies, including Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Establishing good government working relationships and negotiating of reasonable building or operating terms for environmental protection.

Permitting, Approvals & Assessments

Advice, negotiation, and agreement drafting for mining, forestry, fishing, farming, energy and industrial development permitting, approvals and assessments with both federal and provincial governments.

Stakeholder communications and consultation.

Representation at assessment hearings.

Contaminated sites, air and water emissions, waste & recycling, climate change, renewable energy, groundwater protection.

Compliance Verification & Enforcement Response

Advice on how to respond to demands for information, inspections, inquiries, demands for statements, search warrants, documentary and sample seizure, and the laying of charges or making of civil compliance orders.

Negotiations with federal and provincial environmental officials to ensure government compliance goals are met while protecting ongoing business operations.

Court & Tribunal Advocacy

Advocacy before courts and tribunals on environmental administrative, civil and criminal matters, including injunction applications, interventions, constitutional test cases, statutory construction cases, defence of regulatory charges, and judicial reviews of government action.

Advancement and defence of court action based on negligence, nuisance and statutory breach.

Representation before the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, Court of Appeal, Federal Court & Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada.