BP spill anniversary, lawsuits growing
On the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, lawsuits against BP continue to spread. Individuals and public and private entities at all levels are adding their claims, before today’s deadline. All 15 members of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee are actively inviting cli…Continue reading the post titled BP spill anniversary, lawsuits growing
Requiring safe nuclear
As the Fukushima crisis continues to spread, Tokyo Electric has unveiled a plan that, it hopes, will stop ongoing radiation leaks within 6 to 9 months. It claims that evacuees will be able to return home in 6 months, although many critics doubt that this will actually happen, especially for …Continue reading the post titled Requiring safe nuclear
Happy Spring Holiday
Please accept our warmest wishes for a joyous, peaceful Passover and Easter. May you spend time with people dear to you, celebrating the return of light, warmth, and growing things. From all of us.Continue reading the post titled Happy Spring Holiday
Algonquin Park and the Crown Forest (Un)Sustainability Act
In 1994, Ontario adopted the grandly named Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA). A long, bruising environmental assessment (the Timber Management EA) had shown that we were ravaging Crown forests with a short term focus on extracting the most timber now, damaging the future of the forests …Continue reading the post titled Algonquin Park and the Crown Forest (Un)Sustainability Act
Keeping septic systems working
Septic systems don’t run by themselves. They need regular inspections, cleaning and maintenance, or they break down and leak raw sewage. It is therefore somewhat amazing that only last summer was the Building Code (O. Reg 350/06) amended (by O. Reg. 315/10) to require such regular inspection…Continue reading the post titled Keeping septic systems working
50 years of environmental law in Canada
While I was giving a seminar on environmental law to Turkish lawyers this week, I realised that 2011 is roughly the 50th anniversary of Ontario (and I think Canadian) environmental laws. It was in 1961 that the Ontario Water Resources Act and Ontario Water Resources Commission were created, …Continue reading the post titled 50 years of environmental law in Canada
Fail to notify gets big fine
On March 9, 2011, Scotland Agromart Ltd. was fined $75,000 for failing to notify the ministry of a pesticides spill. On a related charge, Summerville Custom Spraying Limited was fined $25,000 on October 27, 2010. Total fine, $100,000 plus the 25% Victim Fine Surcharge.Continue reading the post titled Fail to notify gets big fine
Ride for Heart?
A personal note: As many of you know, my husband had a massive stroke last fall. In his honour, I am seeking sponsors for the Ride for Heart, the annual bike-a-thon fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to raise money for research. Thank you for your consideration.Continue reading the post titled Ride for Heart?
Environmental Assessment not statutory authority?
An environmental assessment, no matter how “extensive and wide ranging”, does not amount to statutory authority, or provide a defence in nuisance, according to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in Appeal in Heyes v. Vancouver, now Susan Heyes Inc. (Hazel & Co.) v. South C…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Assessment not statutory authority?
Australia has introduced carbon farming legislation. The Carbon Farming Initiative is a carbon offsets scheme being established by the Australian Government to provide new economic opportunities for farmers, forest growers and landholders and to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.Continue reading the post titled Carbon Farming