Few complaints once wind farms start operating
Two recent studies confirm that complaints about wind turbines are much more frequent in areas where the turbines have not been built, than they are near operating wind farms. Wind farms are particularly accepted in Alberta, which has had large wind farms for 20 years. The Pembina Institute …Continue reading the post titled Few complaints once wind farms start operating
Personal liability for officers and directors- how far?
Should company directors and officers be personally liable for contamination they did not cause? “Directors’ liability is one of the primary instruments used by policymakers to promote good corporate governance. However, … [t]he imposition of ever-increasing personal liability on directors m…Continue reading the post titled Personal liability for officers and directors- how far?
Hicks: His home may be his castle, but that doesn’t include his yard
Mr. Hicks’ house (or tent or yurt or cottage) is a private dwelling place - but not his yard.Continue reading the post titled Hicks: His home may be his castle, but that doesn’t include his yard
First 20 years of NAFTA: have any comments?
January 2014 will mark 20 years of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its environmental side agreement, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). To celebrate, the Commission on Environmental Cooperation’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)…Continue reading the post titled First 20 years of NAFTA: have any comments?
Drive Clean fines: $52,500 plus surcharge
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment obtained fines of $52,500 plus the 25% Victim Fine Surcharge against a Markham Drive Clean Facility, its owner and drive clean inspector and four of its customers for submitting false information about Drive Clean tests. Kwok-Man (Bill) Hon was the bus…Continue reading the post titled Drive Clean fines: $52,500 plus surcharge
Northstar directors liability to be decided by Environmental Tribunal
The Ontario Superior Court will not take over the hearing of the appeal of the former Northstar directors against their personal cleanup order for TCE contamination in Cambridge Ontario. The former directors applied to the Commercial List of the Superior Court of Justice to change the venue …Continue reading the post titled Northstar directors liability to be decided by Environmental Tribunal
Obama’s climate announcement: worth reading
For those, like myself, who had not yet had time to read President Obama’s program for tackling climate change, I think it is well worth reading. Ambitious, but practical. Important, but achievable. We really could do something worthwhile about this worldwide scourge. “… a …Continue reading the post titled Obama’s climate announcement: worth reading
Municipality can’t bring Charter challenge to wind approval rules
The Environmental Review Tribunal has quashed an attempt by a municipality to bring a Charter challenge to Ontario’s wind energy approval rules. Undoubtedly, however, the same Charter challenge will be brought soon by one or more individuals. In Municipality of North Middlesex v. Direc…Continue reading the post titled Municipality can’t bring Charter challenge to wind approval rules
No personal environmental conviction without knowledge or participation
When is an individual liable to conviction for a corporate environmental offence? The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has insisted that management personnel are automatically liable for corporate environmental offences, and has laid numerous charges on this basis. The Summary Conviction …Continue reading the post titled No personal environmental conviction without knowledge or participation
Northstar/ Baker Order: Government doesn't have to explain its case
The Environmental Review Tribunal has ruled that the Director, Ministry of the Environment, doesn’t have to specify its basis for imposing personal liability, by order, on the former directors and officers of two Northstar companies (Baker v. Director), at least not now. Despite uncont…Continue reading the post titled Northstar/ Baker Order: Government doesn't have to explain its case