Municipal liability for flooding?
As climate change increases the intensity of storms, and as insurers become more reluctant to insure basements that are known to flood, we notice more and more lawsuits against municipalities for basement floods. Municipalities generally benefit from statutory immunities against lawsuits in …Continue reading the post titled Municipal liability for flooding?
The Limits to Growth: looking good at 40?
Forty years ago, The Limits to Growth explored what would happen if we allowed the world’s population and industry to continue to grow rapidly. They compared humanity’s use of energy and materials to the globe’s long-term, sustainable capacity, and concluded that urgent ac…Continue reading the post titled The Limits to Growth: looking good at 40?
Class actions for historic contamination
Class actions for historic contamination: Sydney Tar Ponds and Smith v. Inco The class action by neighbours of the notorious tar ponds in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is going ahead, although neighbours of Inco’s Port Colborne plant have lost theirs.Continue reading the post titled Class actions for historic contamination
Spilling Drinking Water: $285,000
Is spilling drinking water an offence?Continue reading the post titled Spilling Drinking Water: $285,000
Fine of $345,000 plus jail for hog manure
Eric and Yvonne Van Boekel, Van Boekel Hog Farms Inc. and Van Boekel Holdings Inc. were fined a total of $345,000 plus 25% victim fine surcharge, for repeated hog manure spills from two pig farms, that caused adverse effects to their neighbours and impaired water quality. Mr. Van Boekel was…Continue reading the post titled Fine of $345,000 plus jail for hog manure
Conservation authorities permitting changes
The Ministry of Natural Resources has Proposed Amendments to Conservation Authority Regulations made and approved under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act. The amendments don’t seem objectionable. They are intended to streamline the permitting process for grading and fillin…Continue reading the post titled Conservation authorities permitting changes
Biggest World Risks for the Next Decade
The World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network has published a fascinating, if sobering, overview of major risks that face the world in the next decade: Global Risks 2012, 7th edition. They predict that economic and societal factors are the most likely to cause major problems, but th…Continue reading the post titled Biggest World Risks for the Next Decade
Sunrise Propane prosecution to start
On August 10, 2008, a propane explosion occurred at the Sunrise Propane distribution plant located on Murray Road in Toronto, Ontario. The explosion forced the evacuation of approximately 12,500 residents and caused widespread damage and injury. Sunrise employee Parminder Singh Saini, 25, wa…Continue reading the post titled Sunrise Propane prosecution to start
Old windows for a good cause?
Do you have any old wooden sash windows sitting in the garage? The wonderful Toronto Atmospheric Fund wants about 30 of them to make a new dividing wall that lets more light into their offices. If you can help, please e-mail Lyle Jones, [email protected] –they will pick them up!Continue reading the post titled Old windows for a good cause?
Keystone rejected, for now
The Obama administration announced today they will reject the permit on the controversial 1,700-mile oil sands pipeline project, Keystone XL, because the US Congress forced an immediate decision before the proposed route revision through Nebraska could be studied. Transcanada will reapply, s…Continue reading the post titled Keystone rejected, for now