Gord Miller finishing term as Environmental Commissioner
After 15 productive years, Gord Miller is winding down his term as Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner.Continue reading the post titled Gord Miller finishing term as Environmental Commissioner
Ostrander Point wind project goes back to Tribunal
The Ontario Court of Appeal has reinstated the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal on the Ostrander Point wind farm: The Renewable Energy Approval as issued by the Director (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change) should not be upheld as issued, because of the harm that the…Continue reading the post titled Ostrander Point wind project goes back to Tribunal
Canadian "recyclables" really waste, rot in Philippines
For two years, 50 shipping containers of Canadian garbage have been expensively rotting in the Philippines, at the expense of Filipinos. The containers were shipped as recyclable plastic scrap in 2013, but reportedly contained a mixture of plastics with other household wastes, including adu…Continue reading the post titled Canadian "recyclables" really waste, rot in Philippines
Bencher elections – a suggestion
Every four years, Ontario lawyers elect their governing body, known as “benchers”. This week, Ontario bencher elections are underway again. To all my colleagues at the bar, please vote. And please consider re-electing my colleague and friend, Jeffrey Lem. Jeffrey is the Director …Continue reading the post titled Bencher elections – a suggestion
Directors of real estate agent liable for contaminated site?
How far can no-fault liability for contaminated sites go? The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has issued a cleanup order to (among others) the accountant who held a power of attorney to sell a contaminated site for an overseas client, and the directors of a real estate com…Continue reading the post titled Directors of real estate agent liable for contaminated site?
Ontario finally adopting carbon cap and trade
Today, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario is finally going ahead to implement a cap and trade system for carbon emissions, in cooperation with Quebec and perhaps California. Ontario originally promised to join Quebec, California and others in the Western Climate Initiative in 2008, but has…Continue reading the post titled Ontario finally adopting carbon cap and trade
Expert Evidence at the Environmental Review Tribunal
Dianne spoke last week at the Ontario Bar Association seminar on Using Environmental Experts Effectively at the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal. Here is a copy of her presentation: Experts at Environmental Review Tribunal. In theory, expert evidence at the Tribunal is governed by much …Continue reading the post titled Expert Evidence at the Environmental Review Tribunal
Why so many environmental sample results are misleading
A knowledgeable reader writes: “Dear Diane, …Reading through the various “Environmental Law and Litigation” articles excellently written by your staff, I’m increasingly frustrated by the universal failure throughout the industry to recognize a very serious flaw …Continue reading the post titled Why so many environmental sample results are misleading