Kivalina loses its climate change nuisance case again
The City and Village of Kivalina, population about 400, sits on the tip of a six-mile barrier reef on the northwest coast of Alaska. The residents depend on the sea ice that forms along the coast to shield them from violent storms. Sea ice has consistently declined in recent years – i…Continue reading the post titled Kivalina loses its climate change nuisance case again
Dianne again in International Who's Who Environment Lawyers
The 2012 edition of The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers will be distributed at next week’s International Bar Association annual conference in Dublin, Ireland. 627 environmental lawyers across the world will be included in this year’s edition, including our ow…Continue reading the post titled Dianne again in International Who's Who Environment Lawyers
Inco awarded $1,766,000 in costs for contamination class action
Justice J. R. Henderson of the Ontario Superior Court has awarded Inco $1,766,000 in legal costs arising from the Smith v. Inco nickel contamination class action in Port Colborne, Ontario. This is less than a quarter of Inco’s actual legal costs, which exceeded $5,340,000 after certi…Continue reading the post titled Inco awarded $1,766,000 in costs for contamination class action
Smart regulation: if regulators studied psychology
How would environmental regulation be different if our regulators were up to date on current research in psychology and neuroscience? A leading American legal scholar and member of the Obama Administration, Cass Sunstein, published a detailed analysis in the University of Chicago Law Review.…Continue reading the post titled Smart regulation: if regulators studied psychology
Great Shoreline Cleanup
Our team was part of the Great Shoreline Cleanup last weekend- picking up trash along Toronto’s lovely waterfront. We had a great time, and cleaned up more than 30 kilograms of filth from near Sunnyside Beach. Next year, will you join us? Thank you to Jessica Yuan for the photo.Continue reading the post titled Great Shoreline Cleanup
Managing fill- an update
A knowledgeable reader brings us up to date about “Managing Fill: when is surplus soil a “waste”, and where can it go?” Hello Dianne, You have done an excellent job of briefly capturing the excess soil handling issues in Ontario including the high costs, the continui…Continue reading the post titled Managing fill- an update
Do the innocent get compensation after MOE orders?
Cleaning up your neighbour’s mess: Recovery of spill clean-up costs by the innocent party. It is clear that any civilized system of law is bound to provide remedies for cases of what has been called unjust enrichment or unjust benefit, that is to prevent a man from retaining the money of or …Continue reading the post titled Do the innocent get compensation after MOE orders?
Energy efficiency improving? Depends what you count
Energy efficiency improvements do pay off for Canadian companies, but there is still a long way to go.Continue reading the post titled Energy efficiency improving? Depends what you count
Where are electronic documents for hazardous waste?
Where are electronic documents for hazardous waste? Under Ontario’s Regulation 347, waste generators must keep some documents at the waste generation facility, in either physical or electronic form. Physical storage at each waste generation facility may be challenging. Will cloud (or o…Continue reading the post titled Where are electronic documents for hazardous waste?
Citizen science: Home spectrometer and Big Data
Do it yourself spectrometer? Cell phone spectrometer add ons? Do it yourself aerial mapping with balloons and kites? Environmental data collection with citizen science devices could fill in some of the gaps created by government cutbacks, especially if combined with the NEON Big Data project.Continue reading the post titled Citizen science: Home spectrometer and Big Data