Terms of Use

Last Updated: November 9, 2011


  1. Conditions of Use

    Welcome to www.weao.org (the “Website”). The Website and its related services are offered to you by the Water Environment Association of Ontario (“WEAO”) and its affiliates subject to the following conditions. If you visit and use the Website, you accept these conditions (“Conditions of Use”). Please read them carefully. If you visit or use this Website or its related services, then you agree to be bound by these Conditions of Use, any related policies, conditions, and guidelines. You are not permitted to use this Website if you do not agree with any of the Conditions of Use.

  2. Privacy

    Our privacy policy should also be reviewed, as it also regulates your use of the Website.

  3. General

    The right to use the Website is personal to the subscriber and is not transferable to any other person or entity. WEAO shall have the right at any time to change or discontinue any aspect or feature of the Website, including, but not limited to, content, hours of availability and equipment needed for access or use.

  4. Changed Terms

    WEAO shall have the right at any time to change or modify these Conditions of Use applicable to the Website, or any part thereof, or to impose new conditions, including, but not limited to, adding fees and charges for use. Such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately on notice thereof, which may be given by any means including, but not limited to, posting on the Website, or by electronic or conventional mail, or by any other means by which you obtain notice thereof. Any use of the Website by you after such notice shall mean that you accept such changes, modifications or additions. If you do not agree to any changes or revisions to these conditions of use, you may not use the Website and are to discontinue use of the Website immediately.

  5. Monitoring

    WEAO shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content of the Website to determine compliance with these Conditions of Use and any operating rules established by WEAO and to satisfy any law, regulation or authorized government request. WEAO shall have the right in its sole discretion to edit, refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on the Website. Without limiting the foregoing, WEAO shall have the right to remove any material that WEAO, in its sole discretion, finds to be in violation of the provisions hereof or otherwise objectionable. The decision by WEAO to monitor and/or modify the content of the Website does not constitute nor shall it be deemed to constitute any responsibility or liability in any manner on the part of WEAO in connection with or arising from use by anyone of the Website or participation in any such features of the Website.

  6. Electronic Communications

    You consent to communicating with us by way of email or the Website. We will communicate with you by posting on the Website or by sending you email. You agree that communication to you by way of email or by posting on the Website in respect of any agreements, disclosures, notices, and related communications, satisfies any requirement at law that such communications be in writing. You agree that if you provide WEAO with your email address or ask WEAO a question by way of email that that will constitute your express consent, under the federal legislation sometimes referred to as the Electronic Commerice Protection Act, FISA, or the anti-spam legislation, to receive any “commercial electronic message” from WEAO, as such term is defined under the same legislation, for the purpose of WEAO sending you commercial electronic messages concerning any commercial activitiy in which WEAO may be engaged.

  7. Copyright

    WEAO, its affiliates, or content suppliers own all the Website content, such as, text, graphics, software, video and audio clips, interfaces, layouts, data, downloads, and all such content is protected by Canadian and international copyright laws. Without the prior consent of WEAO and the copyright owner, no copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or commercial exploitation of any content on and from the Website will be permitted.

  8. Trademarks

    Each of the “Water Environment Association of Ontario” and the logo for “Water Environment Association of Ontario” on the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of WEAO. All rights reserved. All other trade marks not owned by WEAO appearing on the Website are the property of their respective owners and whose entire rights are reserved.

  9. Licence and Website Access

    WEAO grants you a limited licence to access and make use of the Website, and not to download (other than page caching) or modify it, or any portion of it, except with the express prior written consent of WEAO. The Website or any portion of it may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any purpose without the express prior written consent of WEAO, except that you may print off a page of the Website for your personal and non-commercial use to gather information about your potential purchase of WEAO products. Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or licence granted by WEAO.

  10. Your Email

    If you use the Website, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password, as well as for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. If you are under 18, you may use the Website only with involvement of a parent or guardian. WEAO and its affiliates reserve the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders in their sole discretion. You further agree to notify WEAO immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or account.

  11. Reviews, Comments, Communications, and Other Content

    Any conduct by you that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Website will not be permitted. You shall not use the Website to advertise or perform any commercial solicitation, including, but not limited to, the solicitation of users to become subscribers of other online information services competitive with the Website. WEAO reserves the right to remove or edit messages or material submitted by you.

    You shall not upload, post or otherwise make available on the Website any material protected by copyright, trade mark or other proprietary right without the express written permission of the owner of the copyright, trade mark or other proprietary right and the burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright rests with you. You shall be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights or any other harm resulting from such a submission. By submitting material to any public area of the Website, you automatically grant, or warrant that the owner of such material has expressly granted, WEAO. the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate and distribute such material (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed for the full term of any copyright that may exist in such material. You also permit any other Website user to access, view, store or reproduce the material for that user’s personal use. You grant WEAO the right to edit, copy, publish and distribute any material made available on the Website by you.

  12. Hyperlinks to Third Party Sites

    We may from time to time have links on the Website to external third party websites. We do not own or control the external third party websites. We take no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, or content of the external third party websites. Furthermore, we do not endorse, promote, or support any external third party website or their content. If you follow a link to an external third party website, you do so at your own risk and you are responsible to protect yourself against any viruses, spyware, malware, or other destructive software programs. We do not take any responsibility for the legality, copyright compliance, or morality of any external third party website. This paragraph overrides any statement we may make next to or in respect of any external third party website on the Website.

  13. Copyright Complaints

    WEAO and its affiliates respect the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact us at admin@weao.org.

  14. Product Descriptions

    WEAO and its affiliates attempt to be as accurate as possible. However, WEAO does not warrant that product descriptions or other content of the Website are accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.

  15. Fees and Payments

    WEAO reserves the right at any time to charge fees for access to portions of the Website or the Website as a whole. If at any time WEAO requires a fee for portions of the Website that are now free, WEAO will give subscribers advance notice of such fees and the opportunity to cancel any existing account before such charges are imposed. You shall pay all fees and charges incurred through your account at the rates in effect for the billing period in which such fees and charges are incurred, including, but not limited to charges for any products or services offered for sale through the Website by WEAO or by any other vendor or service provider. All fees and charges shall be billed to and paid for by you. You shall pay all applicable taxes relating to use of the Website through your account. Your right to use the Website is subject to any limits established by WEAO in its sole discretion.

  16. Your Conduct
    1. On the Website you shall not directly or indirectly:
      1. (a) engage in behaviour that violates or infringes in any way on the rights of others, including but not limited to any statements which may defame, abuse, harass or threaten others;
      2. (b) make any bigoted, hateful or racially offensive statements;
      3. (c) advocate illegal activity or discuss illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
      4. (d) post or distribute any material that infringes and/or violates any right of a third party or any law, engage in activity that would constitute a criminal offence or give rise to a civil liability;
      5. (e) post or distribute any vulgar, obscene, discourteous or indecent language or images;
      6. (f) post or transmit, without WEAO’s express prior approval, material which contains advertising or any solicitation with respect to products or services;
      7. (g) post, transmit or distribute any software or other materials which contain a virus or other harmful component;
      8. (h) post or transmit material or make statements that do not generally pertain to the designated topic or theme of any chat room or bulletin board;
      9. (i) take any action that imposes or may impose (in our sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
      10. (j) copy, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, distribute, or publicly display any content from the Website without the prior expressed written permission of WEAO and the appropriate third party, as applicable;
      11. (k) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website or any activities conducted on the Website; or
      12. (l) bypass our robot exclusion headers or other measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Website.
      13. (m) employ automated software programs to access the Website; the Website may only be accessed by individual human beings using an electronic device through a global computer network.
      14. (n) print, copy, reproduce, save onto your own computer, modify, translate, merge with other data, frame in another website, post on another website, or otherwise use content from the Website for any public, commercial or non-personal purpose; or
      15. (o) display, post, disseminate, distribute, publish, broadcast, transfer, sell or sublicense the content on the Website to another individual or entity.
    2. (2) The prohibited uses expressly include but are not limited to “screen scraping”, “database scraping” and any other activity intended to collect, store, re-organize, summarize or manipulate any content on the Website (whether via an automatic program or a manual process).
    3. (3) No conduct which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Website will be permitted. You shall not use the Website to advertise or perform any commercial solicitation. WEAO reserves the right to remove or edit messages or material submitted by you. WEAO is not responsible for material submitted to the Website or posted in chat rooms, on bulletin boards or on other forums by users of the Website.
    4. (4) The Website contains robot exclusion headers. Information on the Website is updated regularly and is proprietary or is licensed to WEAO by our users or third parties. You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the sites for any purpose without our express written permission.
  17. Termination
    1. (1) You acknowledge and agree that WEAO may, at any time without notice, in its sole and absolute discretion and without cause, suspend or terminate your use of, or access to, the Website including, without limitation, any of the content and/or any of the links on the Website. Upon suspension or termination, WEAO may remove and discard any content on the Website related to you or your use of the Website. You agree that WEAO will not be liable to you or any other individual or entity as a result of any such suspension or termination.
  18. Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
    1. (1) The Website is provided by WEAO on an “as is” and “as available” basis. WEAO makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of this Website or the information, content, materials, or products included on this Website. You expressly agree that your use of this Website is at your sole risk.
    2. (2) To the full extent permitted under applicable law, WEAO disclaims all other warranties and conditions, express or implied, in respect of the products and services contemplated by these Conditions of Use including, without limitation, implied warranties and conditions of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. WEAO does not warrant that the Website, its servers, or e-mail sent from WEAO are free of viruses or other harmful components. WEAO will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of the Website, including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and consequential damages.
    3. (3) Without limiting the generality of the above disclaimers, WEAO does not warrant any products or services under these Conditions of Use.
    4. (4) WEAO reserves the right to change its warranties at any time, in its sole discretion without prior notice.
    5. (5) Some provinces do not permit the exclusion of certain implied warranties or conditions or limitations on how long an implied warranty or condition lasts in consumer transactions. Therefore the foregoing disclaimers may not apply to you.
  19. Indemnification

    You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless WEAO, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including but not limited to legal fees, arising out of the use of the Website by you or your account by you or any other person using your account. WEAO reserves the right to take over the exclusive defence of any claim for which we are entitled to indemnification under this section. In such event, you shall provide WEAO with such co-operation as is reasonably requested by WEAO.

  20. Applicable Law

    By visiting the Website, you agree that the laws of the Province of Ontario, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Conditions of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and WEAO or its affiliates. The Parties have required that this Agreement and all documents relating thereto be drawn up in English. Les parties ont demandé que cette convention ainsi que tous les documents qui s’y rattachent soient rédigés en anglais.

  21. Disputes

    Any dispute relating in any way to your visit to the Website shall be submitted to confidential arbitration in Ontario, Canada, except that, to the extent that you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate the intellectual property rights of WEAO or its affiliates, WEAO or its affiliates may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any provincial or federal court in the Province of Ontario, and you consent and attorn to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts. Arbitration under this agreement shall be conducted under the rules then prevailing of the Ontario Arbitration Act. The arbitrator’s award shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, no arbitration under this Agreement shall be joined to an arbitration involving any other party subject to this Agreement, whether through class arbitration proceedings or otherwise.

  22. Severability

    If any of these conditions shall be deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition.

  23. Our Address

    P.O. Box 176 
    Milton, Ontario 
    L9T 4N9

  24. Number and Gender

    Words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa; and words importing gender include all genders.

Terms of Use for WEAO website November 9, 2011

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