Canada: Supreme Court requires bankrupt company to pay settlement from earlier lawsuit over waterways pollution

Author: NetNewsLedger, Published on: 9 December 2019

"Supreme Court Rules in R. v. Resolute FP Canada Inc." 7 Dec 2019

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled on December 6, 2019, in a case from the Court of Appeal for Ontario that will have an impact on companies and across Northwestern Ontario. The 5-2 majority decision in R. v. Resolute FP Canada Inc. was brought over the mercury pollution that has impacted Grassy Narrows and the Islington First Nations.

The Supreme Court states in a brief on the case, “This case dealt with a company that was going bankrupt. Companies can still be responsible for following environmental rules even when they go bankrupt.”

For decades the impact of the dumping of mercury into the Wabigoon River in Dryden continued. As the mercury continued to be dumped the people downstream were impacted.


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