Enforcing the law

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One thing about the Conservative government in Ottawa: they’re comfortable with the notion of law enforcement.

You might have heard that under a new federal Environmental Enforcement Act introduced this week, corporate polluters would risk multi-million dollar fines — as high as $6 million. Even smaller companies would be exposed, albeit to lesser fines ($25,000 to $4 million).

If passed the new law would also subject them to a public shaming by creating a registry for Canadians who want to check their environmental records.

Its adoption would amend nine existing laws, principally the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), to harmonize environmental penalties.