London fined $20,000 for wastewater plant spill
The City of London was fined $20,000, plus the 25% victim fine surcharge, for breaching its Ministry of the Environment approval for a wastewater treatment plant, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act.Continue reading the post titled London fined $20,000 for wastewater plant spill
MOE explains its new Noise Guideline, NPC 300
Last month, the Ministry of the Environment’s new noise guideline came into force: NPC 300 – the new Environmental Noise Guideline: Stationary and Transportation Sources – Approval and Planning. It replaces the three old guidelines, LU-131, NPC-205, and NPC-232. NPC 300 includes …Continue reading the post titled MOE explains its new Noise Guideline, NPC 300
Freeman on the land: A growing concern in Canadian Courts
The Freeman on the Land movement is a small but growing concern for Canadian Courts. Certain individuals are attempting to argue that Canadian laws do not apply to them and attempt use a poor understanding of the law to try to undermine the legal system. This is time consuming for the Courts…Continue reading the post titled Freeman on the land: A growing concern in Canadian Courts
Ethical Host Internet Service Provider
In our continuing effort to “Walk the Talk”, we always try to pick green and socially constructive suppliers for our law firm. Websites and web servers have a surprisingly large environmental footprint. We are proud to announce that our new Internet Service Provider for this webs…Continue reading the post titled Ethical Host Internet Service Provider
Off-shore wind law suit against Ontario will proceed
Trillium Power Wind Corporation’s planned off-shore wind farm in Lake Ontario was effectively cancelled by the provincial moratorium on off-shore wind development, openly adopted for political reasons. Trillium sued the Province for $2.25 billion in costs thrown away and loss of profi…Continue reading the post titled Off-shore wind law suit against Ontario will proceed
Chocolate Price-Fixing Class Action Deadline Approaches
The deadline to submit a claim for the Chocolate Price-Fixing Class Action is December 15, 2013. Over $17 million is available for distribution. Consumers, retailers and other commercial entities who purchased Hershey, Cadbury, Nestlé and Mars chocolate products between October 1, 2005 and…Continue reading the post titled Chocolate Price-Fixing Class Action Deadline Approaches
Buyer can't void purchase of contaminated land
Crosslink Bridge Corp. (Crosslink) purchased contaminated land from CN Railway (CN) in 2008 to develop a tourism, entertainment, retail and sports venue in the Niagara region. Crosslink received a box of environmental reports, including the Certificate of Requirement (also registered on titl…Continue reading the post titled Buyer can't void purchase of contaminated land
Can investigators be personally liable for the damage they do to their suspects?
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that it is not “plain and obvious” that regulatory investigators owe no duty of care to suspects under investigation. The same logic should apply to environmental investigators: shouldn’t they be personally liable to their suspects, if they misuse …Continue reading the post titled Can investigators be personally liable for the damage they do to their suspects?
Upcoming Legislative changes will impact Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations
In 2014 there will be significant changes to the legislation governing Ontario’s not-for-profit corporations. The changes will affect requirements of directors and the by-laws. In this article Curtis discusses the timeline for those changes and recommends first steps for ensuring your not-fo…Continue reading the post titled Upcoming Legislative changes will impact Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations
But can we trust the sampling data?
George Duncan has kindly passed on a copy of his presentation to the MOE lab staff on the inherent uncertainty in the current Reg 153/04 sampling protocols for contaminated sites. He concludes that they make a lot of current analysis results meaningless. And of course the Lacombe decision al…Continue reading the post titled But can we trust the sampling data?