Regulatory tweak on export controls
The federal government has tweaked the regulations it uses, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA 1999), to control which polluting substances can be exported from Canada. The new rules reduce redundancy, and add in Canada’s obligations under the Stockholm Convention.Continue reading the post titled Regulatory tweak on export controls
As minimum fines get higher, is there a work-around?
As minimum fines on multiple charges lead to increasingly unfair results, defence counsel, and occasionally judges, are looking for ways to reconcile the law with what they consider to be just results. Earlier this year, the Ontario Court of Appeal slammed the door shut on two such ideas: cr…Continue reading the post titled As minimum fines get higher, is there a work-around?
Minister receptive to Commissioner's climate report
Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner issued his annual Climate Change report last month, as usual scolding the provincial government for its inaction on both mitigation and adaptation. But this year, the report got an unusual reception: the new Minister of the Environment and Climate C…Continue reading the post titled Minister receptive to Commissioner's climate report
Please accept our apologies for any difficulties you may have encountered in reaching our site this week. I suppose it means we’ve reached the big time- we had our very own brute force attack. Or perhaps the bad guys now bother to go after all sizes of sites. In any event, we have a new...Continue reading the post titled Our apologies
Environmental consultant's negligence claim to proceed
Environmental consultant’s negligence claims for failing to clean up contaminated sites continue to multiply. The Ontario Superior Court recently allowed a professional negligence lawsuit to go ahead against an Ontario environmental consultant, XCG, despite a long delay, which, accord…Continue reading the post titled Environmental consultant's negligence claim to proceed
Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries
Ontario’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, has intervened decisively to stop Waste Diversion Ontario from approving now two controversial proposed Industry Stewardship Plans: one from Call2Recycle for used batteries, and one from Product Care Association…Continue reading the post titled Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries
Blue Box funding arbitration final argument
The massive Blue Box funding arbitration enters the final stretch this week, with closing arguments starting today. Our firm will file our written argument why Ontario Blue Box stewards owe municipalities more than $115 million this year, under the Waste Diversion Act. Separate closing argum…Continue reading the post titled Blue Box funding arbitration final argument
Waterkeepers want notice of sewage bypasses
Congratulations to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper for their innovative application to the Ontario Environmental Commissioner, to force Toronto to give public notice when it bypasses sewage into Lake Ontario due to wet weather- about three times a month.Continue reading the post titled Waterkeepers want notice of sewage bypasses
Ontario to slash funds for household hazardous waste?
We hear that today’s Ontario budget may contain an unwelcome surprise for municipal waste managers: a quiet mid year cut to provincial funding for municipal Household Hazardous Waste programs. The province has been subsidizing these programs since 2010, when it ignominiously cancelled …Continue reading the post titled Ontario to slash funds for household hazardous waste?
Municipal Energy Consumption Reports due
An important Green Energy Act deadline arrives next week.Continue reading the post titled Municipal Energy Consumption Reports due