The Limits to Growth: looking good at 40?
Forty years ago, The Limits to Growth explored what would happen if we allowed the world’s population and industry to continue to grow rapidly. They compared humanity’s use of energy and materials to the globe’s long-term, sustainable capacity, and concluded that urgent ac…Continue reading the post titled The Limits to Growth: looking good at 40?
Class actions for historic contamination
Class actions for historic contamination: Sydney Tar Ponds and Smith v. Inco The class action by neighbours of the notorious tar ponds in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is going ahead, although neighbours of Inco’s Port Colborne plant have lost theirs.Continue reading the post titled Class actions for historic contamination
Spilling Drinking Water: $285,000
Is spilling drinking water an offence?Continue reading the post titled Spilling Drinking Water: $285,000
Fine of $345,000 plus jail for hog manure
Eric and Yvonne Van Boekel, Van Boekel Hog Farms Inc. and Van Boekel Holdings Inc. were fined a total of $345,000 plus 25% victim fine surcharge, for repeated hog manure spills from two pig farms, that caused adverse effects to their neighbours and impaired water quality. Mr. Van Boekel was…Continue reading the post titled Fine of $345,000 plus jail for hog manure
Conservation authorities permitting changes
The Ministry of Natural Resources has Proposed Amendments to Conservation Authority Regulations made and approved under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act. The amendments don’t seem objectionable. They are intended to streamline the permitting process for grading and fillin…Continue reading the post titled Conservation authorities permitting changes
Important New Privacy Ruling: What on earth is “intrusion upon seclusion”?
I’ve often said that my job is mostly about people behaving badly at work, so the fact situations underlying the cases I read are often all too human in nature. Consider the case of Winnie, who was fighting with her common-law husband about money. She wasn’t convinced he was actually paying…Continue reading the post titled Important New Privacy Ruling: What on earth is “intrusion upon seclusion”?
Biggest World Risks for the Next Decade
The World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network has published a fascinating, if sobering, overview of major risks that face the world in the next decade: Global Risks 2012, 7th edition. They predict that economic and societal factors are the most likely to cause major problems, but th…Continue reading the post titled Biggest World Risks for the Next Decade
Merck to pay at least $21.8 million to settle Vioxx lawsuits in Canada.
The Toronto Star reports on the Vioxx class action lawsuit and Pharmaceutical giant Merck has agreed to pay between $21.8 and $36.8 million to settle the case.For full story, please click here.Continue reading the post titled Merck to pay at least $21.8 million to settle Vioxx lawsuits in Canada.
Sunrise Propane prosecution to start
On August 10, 2008, a propane explosion occurred at the Sunrise Propane distribution plant located on Murray Road in Toronto, Ontario. The explosion forced the evacuation of approximately 12,500 residents and caused widespread damage and injury. Sunrise employee Parminder Singh Saini, 25, wa…Continue reading the post titled Sunrise Propane prosecution to start
Canadians who took controversial Vioxx drug may be eligible for compensation.
Global News reports on the Vioxx settlement.For full details, please click here.Continue reading the post titled Canadians who took controversial Vioxx drug may be eligible for compensation.