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Published on: 12 Nov 2014 By

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…

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Published on: 3 Nov 2014 By

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 …

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Published on: 28 Oct 2014 By

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…

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Published on: 27 Oct 2014 By

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…

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