Did anything happen at Durban?
I am profoundly depressed by the thicket of verbiage coming out of Durban about climate change. So countries promise to agree to promise to do what they promise (if everyone else does too). Great. The Kyoto Protocol was supposed to be legally binding too, but there have been no meaningful co…Continue reading the post titled Did anything happen at Durban?
The MOVE Toronto Charrette
For some exciting, detailed thinking about how greening the Greater Toronto Area could actually work, focussing on transportation, read the handbook from the MOVE! Charrette, held recently at Evergreen’s Brickworks. Congratulations to all concerned.Continue reading the post titled The MOVE Toronto Charrette
Leakproof waste rolloff?
A waste transportation company was recently acquitted of operating a waste vehicle that wasn’t leak proof, under Section 16(1) 3. of Regulation 347 under the Environmental Protection Act.Continue reading the post titled Leakproof waste rolloff?
Want to be a Toxic Reduction Planner?
Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a licensed toxic substance reduction planner? If so, the Ministry of the Environment would like to hear from you. They invite all interested to email [email protected] and type “planner” in the subject line. The MOE is …Continue reading the post titled Want to be a Toxic Reduction Planner?
New federal wastewater regulations a challenge for municipalities
Dianne spoke last month at the annual Canadian Water and Wastewater Association “Window on Ottawa”, on potential risks to municipalities of the new Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act, expected to appear shortly in the Canada Gazette. Bottom line, the …Continue reading the post titled New federal wastewater regulations a challenge for municipalities
Pollution, hot spots and environmental justice
Is it acceptable for legal pollution levels to be higher in some neighbourhoods than in others? In the US, pollution is often concentrated in areas of colour, including the famous Cancer Alley. Changing this is called “environmental justice”, and is an important priority for US EPA Administ…Continue reading the post titled Pollution, hot spots and environmental justice
Intro to environmental law for construction
Interested in an overview of environmental law for those involved in construction? Dianne recently gave one to the Ontario Bar Association Construction Law section. To see it, click OBA Construction Intro.Continue reading the post titled Intro to environmental law for construction
Quebec toughens Environmental Quality Act
Leading Quebec environmental lawyer, Jean Piette, advises that substantial changes have been made to the Act on Environmental Quality in Quebec.Continue reading the post titled Quebec toughens Environmental Quality Act
US Fracking lawsuits
Fracking lawsuits are spreading across the US. The first cases were launched in Pennsylvania in 2009, claiming damages for contamination of the aquifers on which the plaintiffs depend. Since then, other cases have been launched by dozens of property owners in Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, C…Continue reading the post titled US Fracking lawsuits
Roundup pesticides to have special review
West Coast Environmental and Josette Wier have obtained a court order requiring Health Canada to conduct a special review of one use of common glyphosate-based pesticides (such as Roundup) mixed with an ingredient known as POEA. There is conflicting evidence about the toxicity of the mixture…Continue reading the post titled Roundup pesticides to have special review