Do we still have federal Environmental Assessment?
Resource project proponents should find it quicker, easier and cheaper to get permission to build what they want, with far less interference from the federal government, or those pesky environmental groups. The courts will eventually tell us whether they can so easily dispose of oppositio…Continue reading the post titled Do we still have federal Environmental Assessment?
Smith v. Inco: leave to appeal refused
The Supreme Court of Canada has refused Ellen Smith leave to appeal from the crushing dismissal of her class action against Inco. No reasons were given. Her lawyers now face a difficult hearing to determine how large a cheque they will have to write to Inco to pay for its legal costs, at tri…Continue reading the post titled Smith v. Inco: leave to appeal refused
OCA agrees: Ministry of Everything
When fly-rock from a blasting site hits a house, is that a “discharge” of a “contaminant” that must be immediately reported to the Ministry of the Environment Spills Action Centre? Ontario’s Court of Appeal says “yes”.Continue reading the post titled OCA agrees: Ministry of Everything
Easier approvals for renewable energy
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is proposing regulatory amendments to O.Reg. 359/09 under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and to Reg. 334 under the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) to streamline the regulatory process for renewable energy projects as part of the response to th…Continue reading the post titled Easier approvals for renewable energy
Bill 55 and public participation
Dalton McGuinty is Ontario’s greenest Premier, and his government has a strong environmental record (especially in contrast to our federal government!) But environmental groups are raising concerns about Bill 55, the proposed Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2012. Bill …Continue reading the post titled Bill 55 and public participation
Saxe Law Office a proud supporter of the first Twitter Moot
In February, West Coast Environmental Law organized the world’s first Twitter moot. As sponsor of Osgoode’s winning team, we are pleased to say it was a resounding success! At one point more people were discussing the Twitter Moot than any other issue in Canada (it was the “trending to…Continue reading the post titled Saxe Law Office a proud supporter of the first Twitter Moot
Cericola Farms fined $80,000 for wastewater runoff
On February 8, 2012, Cericola Farms Limited of Bradford, Ontario, pleaded guilty to three violations under the Ontario Water Resources Act for discharging chicken processing effluent into a creek that may impair the quality of the water and two counts of failing to comply with their Certific…Continue reading the post titled Cericola Farms fined $80,000 for wastewater runoff
Citizen air quality monitoring?
Can large amounts of low quality, citizen-collected environmental data produce meaningful resultsContinue reading the post titled Citizen air quality monitoring?
A reader writes about water taking
Hi Ms. Saxe I live in Waterloo Ontario. I wanted to inform you of something I recently discovered. A new well is being proposed in the City of Waterloo and I submitted a Part II order request for the well saying it lacks evidence for proven need, it poses a risk to natural recharge areas...Continue reading the post titled A reader writes about water taking
Water taking fine $35,000
Pelee Quarries and Erie Sand and Gravel Ltd. were fined $35,000 for Permit To Take Water Violations contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act .Continue reading the post titled Water taking fine $35,000