Renewable energy approvals proposal- changes needed
The proposed mandatory setbacks for wind turbines will block a high percentage of planned wind projects, and especially those close to load. This will increase the need for long-distance transmission lines, which have significant environmental footprints.Continue reading the post titled Renewable energy approvals proposal- changes needed
US- Great leap forward on climate change
In the last few days, the US government has taken two of the critical steps towards serious action on climate change that the Bush administration fought off for eight years.Continue reading the post titled US- Great leap forward on climate change
Relying on reliance letters
Reliance letters may give the holder no practical remedy if an engineer's report turns out to be negligent.Continue reading the post titled Relying on reliance letters
How do we understand the minds of others?
How does our brain allow us to understand the mind of others?Continue reading the post titled How do we understand the minds of others?
Scorecard of North American pollution
5.5 billion kilograms of toxic pollutant releases and transfers were reported in 2005. Canadian and US petroleum refineries and bulk storage terminals, alone, release about 7 million kilograms of carcinogens and developmental or reproductive toxicants every year.Continue reading the post titled Scorecard of North American pollution
Drive Clean gets serious- $100,000 fine
Previous Drive Clean fines had tended to be modest, despite the financial incentive to cheat. This $125,000 penalty should make cheating less attractive.Continue reading the post titled Drive Clean gets serious- $100,000 fine
Can municipalities rein in speedboats?
The Québec Court of Appeal will soon hear a fascinating case on the power of municipalities to regulate speedboats.Continue reading the post titled Can municipalities rein in speedboats?
Summer bike train
Watch for us on this summer’s bike train. Saxe Law Office is again a proud sponsor of Bikes+Transit.com, a great way to explore the beautiful Lake Ontario waterfront on two wheels. Wave if you see Dianne on her bright yellow recumbent, with her dog in the basket. We hope to see you all…Continue reading the post titled Summer bike train
Infrastructure P3 builders liable for nuisance
Similar facts could easily arise on many other infrastructure projects across Canada; there is almost always a more expensive alternative that would reduce disruption for nearby residents and businesses. And governments rarely select that alternative.Continue reading the post titled Infrastructure P3 builders liable for nuisance
Not every spill is an offence
The Ontario Court of Justice has acquitted a company that spilled caustic soda on a road, on the grounds that the spill did not cause an adverse effect.Continue reading the post titled Not every spill is an offence