Giant Mine $1B contaminated site remediation milestone
Canada’s most contaminated site, the Yellowknife Giant Mine, has reached a milestone in its $1 billion taxpayer-funded remedial plan. The dangerous and badly contaminated roaster building, which created hundreds of thousands of tonnes of highly poisonous arsenic trioxide, (enough to ki…Continue reading the post titled Giant Mine $1B contaminated site remediation milestone
No fault contaminated site liability in Nova Scotia
IMP Group International Inc. appealed unsuccessfully from a Nova Scotia Minister of the Environment Order to study and remediate offsite groundwater contamination that it did not cause.Continue reading the post titled No fault contaminated site liability in Nova Scotia
Contaminated sites change in Provincial Policy Statement
The Ontario Provincial Policy Statement (PPS)has recently changed how it refers to contaminated sites. The PPS is the official expression of the provincial government’s policies on land use planning. It applies province-wide and “provides clear policy direction on land use planning to …Continue reading the post titled Contaminated sites change in Provincial Policy Statement
Yukon proposes eco fees on tires and electronics
The Yukon government has proposed a new recycling regulation that includes eco fees on tires and electronics. The rollout of a similar system in Ontario several years ago, for household hazardous waste, was fumbled and created an embarrassing backlash. Since then, Ontario has been “al…Continue reading the post titled Yukon proposes eco fees on tires and electronics
Chevron intervention: what is the “public interest”?
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has been engaged in a fierce internal debate over the Association’s decision, now revoked, to intervene in Chevron’s appeal to the Supreme Court. The Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the case are seeking to enforce a $9.5 billion judgment obtained in Ecuador for te…Continue reading the post titled Chevron intervention: what is the “public interest”?
Certificates of Property Use for contaminated sites
Certificates of Property Use and risk management measures for contaminated sitesContinue reading the post titled Certificates of Property Use for contaminated sites
Fossil fuel divestment catching on?
Is the tide turning on fossil fuel divestment? Climate Week featured promises, by some big mainstream investors, to start divesting from fossil fuels. Notable announcements included the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which was built on the Standard Oil fortune. Europe has more than nine fossil f…Continue reading the post titled Fossil fuel divestment catching on?
New Biodiversity Treaty in effect this week
Fair sharing of biodiversity: The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, under the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), enters into force this week. The Protocol is an international environmental a…Continue reading the post titled New Biodiversity Treaty in effect this week
Powerful reports by environmental commissioners
Congratulations to both the federal and provincial environmental commissioners, who continue to strenuously remind our governments how far they fall short on environmental stewardship, and who both issued powerful reports this week. Bees, Algonquin Park, “Chemical Alley”, urban s…Continue reading the post titled Powerful reports by environmental commissioners
Ontario Anti-SLAPP law soon after all?
Yesterday, we noted that Environment Minister Glen Murray’s mandate letter includes no reference to a new anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation) law: https://www.siskinds.com/environment-minister-murrays-mandate-letter/, even though SLAPPs are often directed again…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Anti-SLAPP law soon after all?