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Published on: 30 Aug 2012 By

Sustainable remediation: what is the status?

The United Kingdom program, Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments, provides excellent resources on contaminated site remediation. One of their contributors, the University of Cambridge, is now seeking input on sustainable remediation. Study participants will receive the final report.

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Published on: 29 Aug 2012 By

Environmental Review Tribunal appeal notices must be complete

The Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed an anti-wind appeal, because the neighbours opposed to the project did not file a proper notice of appeal: Ball v. Director. Several appeals were also dismissed in Monture v. Ontario, Ministry of the Environment, because the notices of appeal w…

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Published on: 29 Aug 2012 By

Is There Such A Thing As A Legal Separation?

Often I hear the term bandied about by people who are separated that they need to get a “legal separation”. This term is a misnomer. In our statutes which govern separation and divorce there is no such term. A couple is separated when at least of one of them have expressed their intention to…

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Published on: 27 Aug 2012 By

New Canadian environmental assessment: a rose by any other name?

Officially, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, has abolished most federal environmental assessment screenings,  but the practical  effect is less than it appears. Parks Canada, for example, has simply replaced the old Canadian Environmental Assessment Act process with its new, …

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Published on: 23 Aug 2012 By

The Wedding Is Off! Now Who Gets To Keep The Ring?

Nadine Russell discusses the precedent and possibilities of the unfortunate circumstance of an ended engagement and what happens to the ring.Once upon a time, a man knelt down on one knee, presented a shiny diamond ring to his girlfriend and uttered the famous words “Will you marry me?”  Wit…

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Published on: 21 Aug 2012 By

Liability insurer need not pay for voluntary delineation and cleanup

According to Ontario’s Court of Appeal, General Electric Canada (GE) can’t make its liability insurer pay for the delineation and cleanup of a former GE property contaminated with trichloroethylene (“TCE”), because it voluntarily complied with a Ministry of the Environment …

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Published on: 20 Aug 2012 By

Certificate of analysis ok as evidence despite minor error and delay?

A court accepted a Maxxam certificate of analysis into evidence in an environmental prosecution, despite a minor error in an internal chain of custody, and a two month delay in issuing the certificate. The decision is useful for anyone who takes samples, analyses them or uses the result in court.

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Published on: 20 Aug 2012 By

Does your home renovation make you a “constructor”? Believe me, you need to know!

How often have you undertaken a home renovation project yourself? You might have hired out the more skilled aspects – maybe an electrician, a plumber, or a drywall taper (we all know “a guy”, don’t we?). You’re perfectly capable of overseeing the project generally; there’s no need to hire a …

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