Huge fines plus jail
Ministry of the Environment prosecutors are having a very good month.Continue reading the post titled Huge fines plus jail
What can go wrong with sampling?
Dianne’s presentation was a romp through everything (ok, some of the things) that can go wrong in the process of sampling, analyzing and reporting on pollution.Continue reading the post titled What can go wrong with sampling?
Clean water rules shut down Boy Scout camp
Another example of environmental law making the world a better place?Continue reading the post titled Clean water rules shut down Boy Scout camp
Water rebates — a new twist on enforcement
Violations of a municipal sewer by-law are normally punished by prosecution. This requires a municipality to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a violation has occurred. In addition, the defendant has an opportunity to escape punishment by proving that it used due diligence. The maximum …Continue reading the post titled Water rebates — a new twist on enforcement
Lafarge denied leave to appeal
At a time when Ontario desperately needs innovative technology to rebuild its manufacturing base and cope with climate change, any further drag on innovation may do more harm than good.Continue reading the post titled Lafarge denied leave to appeal
St. Lawrence Cement must pay millions for no-fault class-action damages
Dust they are, and unto dust they shall return, yet human beings have difficulty resigning themselves to living in dust.Continue reading the post titled St. Lawrence Cement must pay millions for no-fault class-action damages
Royal Bank CEO calls for carbon pricing
Now that the chief executives of Canada's major companies are calling for carbon pricing, can Stephen Harper be far behind?Continue reading the post titled Royal Bank CEO calls for carbon pricing
Waste tire operator goes to jail
William Lane was sentenced to 18 months in jail after accumulating 300,000 tires on property in Melbourne, Ontario.Continue reading the post titled Waste tire operator goes to jail
Are women protected by MOE environmental standards?
The proposed criteria are all based on the assumed life span of a “composite adult” of 76 years. In contrast, female life expectancy in Canada is considerably longer. The "composite" adult therefore does not seem to be sufficiently protective for women. Is this another example of the old…Continue reading the post titled Are women protected by MOE environmental standards?
Do we still believe in Acts of God?
The more foreseeable extreme floods become, the easier it will be for judges to impose liability upon municipalities and other governments. And the more government reports predict extreme events, the more judges will find them to be "foreseeable". For legal purposes, foreseeable events s…Continue reading the post titled Do we still believe in Acts of God?