Bill 138: Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2013
The Ontario government has introduced Bill 138, Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2013, to confirm their longstanding decision to end the use of coal at Ontario’s electricity generating facilities and to prohibit new stand-alone coal-fired generating facilities. Coal-fired electricity genera…Continue reading the post titled Bill 138: Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2013
More on killing birds with buildings as an environmental offence
Ecojustice has settled its bird-killing prosecution against the Menkes Developments (Consilium Place) office complex. As described in a previous post, Ecojustice (as counsel for Ontario Nature) charged Menkes with environmental offences. They proved that these buildings were unusually danger…Continue reading the post titled More on killing birds with buildings as an environmental offence
Deadline for comments on bee-killing pesticides
December 12 is the deadline for submitting comments to the federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency about its weak regulation of the bee-killing pesticides, neonicotinoid insecticides. Widespread use of neonicotinoids is strongly linked to deaths of both domestic and wild pollinators, but t…Continue reading the post titled Deadline for comments on bee-killing pesticides
Institute of Corporate Directors Webinar on No-fault Director's Liability
Many of you will be attending the Institute of Corporate Directors‘ very popular webinar this Thursday, on the Ministry of the Environment’s campaign to impose no-fault environmental liability on corporate officers and directors. I will be one of the presenters, together with Ne…Continue reading the post titled Institute of Corporate Directors Webinar on No-fault Director's Liability
Some Ontario action on nine endangered species
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is taking another small step towards doing something for nine endangered species. Recovery “strategies” have been announced; now the government has to say what they will actually do to implement them.Continue reading the post titled Some Ontario action on nine endangered species
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. The City of London owns and operates the Greenway Pollution Control Centre. The faci…Continue reading the post titled London fined $20,000 for wastewater plant spill
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?
Environmental Tribunal reluctantly approves wind turbines near eagles' nest
The Environmental Review Tribunal has issued another decision approving a 45 turbine wind farm, but strongly recommended that the proponent defer or relocate the two turbines within 800 metres of a bald eagles’ nest. Lewis v. MOE, 13-044 is an appeal from a Renewable Energy Approval Nu…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Tribunal reluctantly approves wind turbines near eagles' nest
For environmental liability, who is an "officer"?
Who is an “officer”? Section 194 of the Ontario Environmental Protection Act imposes substantial duties on corporate officers and directors, without defining who they are. It is essential for people to know whether these duties and this environmental liability applies to them. If…Continue reading the post titled For environmental liability, who is an "officer"?
Why don't we do more to protect fish in Algonquin Park?
We are proud of our long association with the knowledgeable and devoted scientists of Algonquin Eco watch, a volunteer group devoted to the protection of the much loved Algonquin Park ecosystem.Logging/ mining Algonquin Park is their latest presentation on why logging and aggregate mining in…Continue reading the post titled Why don't we do more to protect fish in Algonquin Park?