Polar bears at risk: petition against Canada
A U.S. biodiversity group has petitioned the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, alleging that Canada has failed to enforce its species at risk law by failing to list and protect polar bears as endangered species. Such petitions can lead to a full scale investigation, and possibly an e…Continue reading the post titled Polar bears at risk: petition against Canada
Safe ways to reuse grey water
What are the safe ways to reuse grey water on site? On site water reuse promises many economic and environmental benefits, but could cause health problems if done badly. The American standards agency, NSF, therefore released a useful standard for comprehensive evaluation of water reuse techn…Continue reading the post titled Safe ways to reuse grey water
Congratulations to Cumberland
Congratulations to the Village of Cumberland, BC, for adopting an ambitious Water Conservation Plan, including universal metering and pay-per-use. The Village hopes to reduce per capita summer water use to 700 L/c/day, about a 30% reduction. The plan was a condition of a provincial Towns for…Continue reading the post titled Congratulations to Cumberland
Warmest holiday wishes
We wish all of our friends and colleagues every blessing during this holiday season. Health and joy to you, your family and your community. In this darkest time of the year, may we find a way to work together to shed more light in the year to come. Dianne and everyone at Saxe Law Office.Continue reading the post titled Warmest holiday wishes
More rulings for cyclists against municipalities
Two Quebec cases have held municipalities liable, where cyclists were injured when they lost control of their bicycles after riding over unexpected defects in the road. In Wilson Davies c. Montreal (Ville de), the cyclist was severely injured when she was thrown from her bicycle and became a…Continue reading the post titled More rulings for cyclists against municipalities
Professional ethics in a changing climate?
West Coast Environmental Law’s new report, Professionals and Climate Change: How professional associations can get serious about global warming, challenges the self-regulating professions to clearly define their members’ ethical obligation that the members of professional organizations owe t…Continue reading the post titled Professional ethics in a changing climate?
Big wastewater fines
Town Line Processing Limited (TLP), a related company and their directors have been fined $159,375 for breaching a Provincial Officers Order to clean up their wastewater lagoons.Continue reading the post titled Big wastewater fines
Smith v Inco appeal application
Kirk Baert has kindly permitted us to post his Application to the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Smith v. Inco. This was the first environmental contamination class action in Canada tried on its merits. The Appeal Court’s dec…Continue reading the post titled Smith v Inco appeal application
Drinking water and "contamination"
Eric Hood of Golder Associates Ltd. notes that municipal drinking water often doesn’t meet Ontario’s contaminated site cleanup standards, with potentially serious consequences for cleanups:Continue reading the post titled Drinking water and "contamination"
Is Alberta greenwashing its greenhouse gas emissions?
Alberta frequently claims to be “greening” its dirty, fossil-fuel industries: coal and oil sands. One major, much-vaunted initiative is the Greenhouse Gas emission systemContinue reading the post titled Is Alberta greenwashing its greenhouse gas emissions?