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Published on: 26 Sep 2012 By

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…

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Published on: 25 Sep 2012 By

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…

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Published on: 24 Sep 2012 By

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…

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Published on: 21 Sep 2012 By

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.…

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Published on: 17 Sep 2012 By

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 …

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Published on: 13 Sep 2012 By

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…

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Published on: 11 Sep 2012 By

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. 

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