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Published on: 5 Feb 2013 By

Where is environmental commitment in Wynne’s transition team?

Kathleen Wynne’s Transition Team is led by Monique Smith, former MPP and Cabinet member. It includes a wide range of interests and experience, but no one outstanding for their environmental commitment or experience: Tom Allison: Kathleen Wynne Campaign Manager Arnold Chan: Vice President, Ab…

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Published on: 4 Feb 2013 By

Huge fine and jail for drinking water violations in township

The small Municipality of West Elgin (pop. 5,157) and three of its water distribution system operators were fined $154,500 in St.Thomas Provincial Offences Court for drinking water violations, including providing false information and failing to report adverse test results. One of the operat…

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Published on: 1 Feb 2013 By

New air standards in effect: Reg. 419/05 bites today

A major tightening of air pollution emission standards comes into force today for many Ontario industries. Regulation 419/05, under the Environmental Protection Act, bases air pollution standards on avoiding local impacts to human health and the environment, NOT on what is economically or te…

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Published on: 30 Jan 2013 By

Agreements between Mining Companies and Aboriginal Communities

Natural Resources Canada has published an impressive list of 182 agreements that mining companies have entered into with aboriginal communities across Canada. These include exploration agreements, impact and benefit agreements, participation agreements and socio-economic agreements. Although…

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Published on: 29 Jan 2013 By

Quebec is still the place to be for environmental class actions

There continue to be more environmental class actions in Quebec than anywhere else in the country. Environmental Disasters Two new class actions were certified in Quebec last year arising from disastrous accidents: In Lessard c. Arcand, 2012 QCCS 275, a claim was certified for flooding damag…

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Published on: 24 Jan 2013 By

First source protection plan approved under Clean Water Act

Source water protection is finally coming into force in Ontario. Nearly 13 years after the Walkerton water tragedy, Ontario has approved its first Source Water Protection Plan under the Clean Water Act. The Lakehead Source Protection Plan for the Thunder Bay area is the first  legally bindin…

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Published on: 23 Jan 2013 By

Conference Board ranks Canada’s environmental performance: poor

According to the Conference Board of Canada, Canada ranks 15th of the 17 OECD countries in its environmental performance, mostly due to waste and overconsumption of water and energy. “Canada receives a “C” grade on environmental performance… Canada’s success in improving its envi…

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