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Published on: 22 Jan 2013 By

Equivalent wetland dedication is expropriation?

The Quebec Court of Appeal will soon decide an appeal on whether applications to destroy wetlands can be required to dedicate offsetting lands to become protected areas. However, the trial decision has already been overruled by the National Assembly. In Atocas de l’érable inc. c. Québe…

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Published on: 17 Jan 2013 By

Climate change burns while governments fiddle

Everywhere I look, I see galloping evidence of climate change. Last weekend, southern Ontario watched ski trails and ice rinks melt under the onslaught of record high temperatures and heavy rain. Spring perennials and bulbs were blooming in Toronto gardens, blooms that will be destroyed for …

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Published on: 14 Jan 2013 By

A new twist on anti-wind litigation: the Charter

Because of the social, environmental, and political importance of reducing carbon emissions and switching to renewable sources of energy, the Environmental Protection Act requires wind opponents to show that a renewable energy project will cause serious harm to human health, or serious and i…

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Published on: 10 Jan 2013 By

Fine for breach of court order to cleanup waste

A Toronto company was fined $45,000 plus victim fine surcharges of $11,250 for failing to comply with a Court Order to remove waste materials from a mill site. 2023682 Ontario Inc. operate a mill site in Coleman Township. The company was originally convicted of failing to comply with a Minis…

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Published on: 9 Jan 2013 By

Energy transparency in Ontario public schools, a small step in the right direction

Congratulations to Gord Miller, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner. Hours after he chided the province for concealing energy consumption information in public buildings, the province announced that energy consumption information for schools will be made public by July 1. It’s a…

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Published on: 9 Jan 2013 By

Dust from asphalt plant triggers $81,250 penalty

Ingram Asphalt Inc. was fined $65,000 plus victim fine surcharges of $16,250 for discharging dust and particulate adversely impacting the surrounding environment and community. The company failed to notify the ministry of the dust emissions and did not comply with conditions of a ministry order.

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