Tar sands polluting the Athabaska River
How do the tar sands operators get away with polluting the great Athabaska River, despite federal and provincial laws that allegedly protect rivers? By insisting that everything is fine, and that all the pollution is “natural”. Now, Professor David Schindler has blown their cover…Continue reading the post titled Tar sands polluting the Athabaska River
Syncrude sentencing put off re ducks
Syncrude has decided to make a deal, if it can, rather than keep fighting. The trial for killing 1600 ducks in a tailings pond was scheduled to resume August 18, in order to decide whether Syncrude can be fined for both the federal and provincial offences. Instead, the case has been adjour…Continue reading the post titled Syncrude sentencing put off re ducks
When is wood waste renewable?
Is biomass really renewable? The Green Energy Act treats wood waste as an infinitely renewable source of energy, like sunlight and wind. But is it? Biomass sceptics have pointed to high costs (in money and in energy) to collect, transport and handle wood waste, especially as fuel for el…Continue reading the post titled When is wood waste renewable?
E-waste enforcement growing across borders
Electronic waste, or ‘e-waste’, has become a significant international environmental enforcement challenge. Each year, hundreds of thousands of used electronic items – containing highly toxic substances like lead, mercury and cadmium – are shipped across the world. Some provinces, like B.C.…Continue reading the post titled E-waste enforcement growing across borders
What I did on my summer vacation
What a beautiful country we have. We are so lucky to live here.Continue reading the post titled What I did on my summer vacation
Off-shore wind- lake zoning?
Ontario’s process for making Crown land available for renewable energy projects continues into its second phase as the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invite the public to provide input on where, when and how the Government should make Crown land available for off-shore wind projects. Th…Continue reading the post titled Off-shore wind- lake zoning?
The Canadian Perspective on Competition Law Class Actions
Introduction In Canada, price-fixing conspiracy class actions are relatively novel. Although many cases have been commenced, the vast majority of those have been resolved through settlement. An analysis of the decisions to date, along with decisions in other substantive areas of law, howev…Continue reading the post titled The Canadian Perspective on Competition Law Class Actions
What do we owe our neighbours?
Property owners must not worsen problems faced by their neighbours. In Donley Investments Ltd. v. Canril Corp., Canril owned a vacant commercial property at 90 George Street in Ottawa, one inch west of the Donley building. The Donley basement began flooding in February 2003, after a broken C…Continue reading the post titled What do we owe our neighbours?
Who's got BPA, and so what?
What are Canadians made of? Not snakes and snails and puppy-dog tails, or even sugar and spice, as the children’s rhyme goes. Try lead and bisphenol-A (BPA).Continue reading the post titled Who's got BPA, and so what?
Conservation Authority gets injunction, wetland protected
Is there real enforcement of conservation authority regulations? Often, no, but that may be starting to change. In Lakehead Region Conservation Authority v. DeMichele, the Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a permanent injunction preventing a developer from further dredging and filling in a …Continue reading the post titled Conservation Authority gets injunction, wetland protected