Provincial / Municipal Government Liability – Industry News

Province responds to Sudbury firm’s lawsuit

Ontario cannot be held responsible for the failure of mining claims filed by a Sudbury-based exploration company in northwestern Ontario, the provincial government says in a statement of defence. Instead, the government says it was the failure of Northern Superior Resources and the Sachigo Lake First Nation to strike a deal that led to the company walking away from the mining claims in 2012. The government filed the statement of defence in response to a $110-million lawsuit Northern Superior Resources has brought against the province. Northern Superior Resources wants another $15 million from the province it says it spend on developing its Thorne Lake, Meston Lake and Rapson Bay gold properties. [Read More…]

Province needs to account for contaminated sites

New standard will require cleanup estimates in short order, says AG. The provincial government needs to hurry to develop estimates on the cost of cleanup for abandoned mines, mills, schools and other ‘legacy sites’ under its control, if it wants to meet new accounting standards coming into effect in the next year, according to the province’s auditor general (AG). In a report, Terry Paddon chiefly looks at the overall state of the province’s finances, but the AG also raises questions about how this province is booking its environmental liabilities, in light of a new Public Sector Accounting Board standard. [Read More…]

Municipal federation calls for expanded rail disaster liability

Municipal leaders emerged from a meeting with Transport Minister Lisa Raitt on Wednesday determined to see railways, shippers and producers of dangerous goods assume full liability for accidents and spills. Ensuring rail companies are properly insured for even catastrophic events like last summer’s devastating crash in Lac-Mégantic, Que., is the next major hurdle in fixing the system, Claude Dauphin, the president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, said in an interview. “It’s on the table. That’s our third key area — to make sure that any accident, incident or catastrophe won’t be downloaded to our taxpayers.” That could include a fund that spreads the liability for major disasters — currently shouldered largely by railways — across the full supply chain, from producers to consumers. [Read More…]  

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