Drummond report: doing more with less
The Ministry of the Environment will have to do less, charge more and become much more efficient in a time of government constraint, according to today’s Drummond Report:Continue reading the post titled Drummond report: doing more with less
Climate change and gardens
As passionate gardeners, we keep wondering how the changing climate is affecting our gardens. (We last wrote about climate change in this space during the heat of summer in 2010.) We therefore noticed when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated its plant hardiness zone map on Janu…Continue reading the post titled Climate change and gardens
Sydney Tar Ponds class action certified
After eight years of legal wrangling, the Sydney Tar Ponds class action has finally been certified. However, the plaintiffs’ chances of ultimate success will be significantly reduced if the Smith v. Inco decision stands.Continue reading the post titled Sydney Tar Ponds class action certified
Will the SCC grant leave in Smith v Inco?
Will the Supreme Court of Canada grant leave to Ellen Smith to appeal the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal rejecting her class action against Inco for the historic nickel contamination of soil in Port Colborne?Continue reading the post titled Will the SCC grant leave in Smith v Inco?
A note to commenters
A reminder to those posting or reading comments on this blog. We spend a great deal of time writing this blog, pro bono, as a service to the environmental community and to participate in the public debate on issues of importance. We don’t provide free legal advice, and we delete post c…Continue reading the post titled A note to commenters
Compost v soil: which is “clean”?
The oddest things breach MOE soil cleanup standards. Compost, for example.Continue reading the post titled Compost v soil: which is “clean”?
Northern Gateway, oil tankers and spills
One of the issues in the Northern Gateway pipeline hearing is the threat that oil tankers will pose in the dangerous channels and sensitive ocean environments near the proposed port, Kitimat. Enbridge soothingly predicts that major spills will be inconceivably rare:Continue reading the post titled Northern Gateway, oil tankers and spills
Offshore wind moving ahead… in the US
Off shore wind turbines in designated Wind Energy Areas have cleared a major environmental review, according to the US Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).Continue reading the post titled Offshore wind moving ahead… in the US
Alternative fuels breach zoning?
In St. Mary’s Cement v. Clarington (Municipality), 2011 ONSC 4631, an industrially zoned, operating cement company proposed to supplement its fuel with alternative fuel derived from recycled materials. Alternative fuels are used as fuel extensively in US and UK cement kilns, but they are not…Continue reading the post titled Alternative fuels breach zoning?
Environmental Assessment: Foreigners keep out?
According to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, “Anyone looking at the record of approvals for certain major projects across Canada cannot help but come to the conclusion that many of these projects have been delayed too long. In many cases, these projects would create thousands upon th…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Assessment: Foreigners keep out?