Things we wish judges knew about environmental offences by directors
Dianne and Meredith recently had a precious opportunity to tell judges what we wish they knew about environmental offences by directors and and officers, particularly in relation to sentencing. Our bottom lines: Fairness, Good Science, and the real differences between Foresight and Hindsight…Continue reading the post titled Things we wish judges knew about environmental offences by directors
Importance of local environmental groups
Since it was founded in 1995, Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers and its members have been recognized many times for the work they do. Most recently David James, Meredith’s dad and President of the QB Streamkeepers, was recognized as the volunteer of the year by the Qualicum Beach Chamber…Continue reading the post titled Importance of local environmental groups
Ecuador oil pollution claim can try again to collect from Chevron in Canada
Indigenous Ecuadorian villagers can try again to enforce a controversial $18 billion environmental damage award against Texaco (now merged with Chevron Corp., one of the world’s largest corporations) in Canada. This is part of a worldwide legal battle between the villagers, seeking to …Continue reading the post titled Ecuador oil pollution claim can try again to collect from Chevron in Canada
Systemic problems in Canada's protection of species at risk
In a groundbreaking case, Ecojustice has demonstrated the “endemic systemic problems” in Canada’s species at risk protection regime. On February 14, 2014 Justice Mactavish of the Federal Court released her decision in Western Canada Wilderness Committee v. Canada (Fisherie…Continue reading the post titled Systemic problems in Canada's protection of species at risk
More on lead paint cleanup ordered in California
Last month, we gave brief highlights of a landmark lead paint liability case in California. Here is a more detailed analysis, prepared for the excellent legal blog SLAW.Continue reading the post titled More on lead paint cleanup ordered in California
Waste Diversion, monopolies and competition on packaging waste
The Recycling Council of Ontario’s annual meeting February 4 began with an electrifying presentation on the huge cost savings that resulted from the German anti-trust bureau breaking up its stewardship organization’s monopoly on processing packaging waste (the majority of our bl…Continue reading the post titled Waste Diversion, monopolies and competition on packaging waste
Are common industrial chemicals developmental neurotoxins?
Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children—such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia—according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Th…Continue reading the post titled Are common industrial chemicals developmental neurotoxins?
Quebec court strikes down municipal anti-fracking bylaw
A Quebec court has struck down a Gaspe municipal bylaw that tried to prevent exploratory oil wells being drilled and fracked uncomfortably close to its drinking water supply. The court ruled that the bylaw was invalid because it prevented Petrolia Inc. from carrying out drilling specifically…Continue reading the post titled Quebec court strikes down municipal anti-fracking bylaw
Environmental Law Firm of the Year?
Dear faithful readers, We regularly receive “awards” or other accolades from various publishers of legal “directories”, which appear to be a very popular growth industry. Many are merely fishing for paid advertising; a few represent legitimate client opinion. They can…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Law Firm of the Year?
Yes, that pollution exclusion in your insurance does work
Businesses with pollution risks need to buy insurance WITHOUT pollution exclusions.Continue reading the post titled Yes, that pollution exclusion in your insurance does work