Off-shore wind- lake zoning?
Ontario’s process for making Crown land available for renewable energy projects continues into its second phase as the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invite the public to provide input on where, when and how the Government should make Crown land available for off-shore wind projects. Th…Continue reading the post titled Off-shore wind- lake zoning?
What do we owe our neighbours?
Property owners must not worsen problems faced by their neighbours. In Donley Investments Ltd. v. Canril Corp., Canril owned a vacant commercial property at 90 George Street in Ottawa, one inch west of the Donley building. The Donley basement began flooding in February 2003, after a broken C…Continue reading the post titled What do we owe our neighbours?
Conservation Authority gets injunction, wetland protected
Is there real enforcement of conservation authority regulations? Often, no, but that may be starting to change. In Lakehead Region Conservation Authority v. DeMichele, the Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a permanent injunction preventing a developer from further dredging and filling in a …Continue reading the post titled Conservation Authority gets injunction, wetland protected
Gerretsen loses post as Environment Minister
In Ontario’s Cabinet shuffle, Gerretsen is demoted to the consumer services ministry and is being replaced by Revenue Minister John Wilkinson, who will have the job of devising a new household hazardous waste recycling plan by October 18. Details here.Continue reading the post titled Gerretsen loses post as Environment Minister
Offshore wind turbines–the setback proposal
Ontario probably can’t make a meaningful switch towards renewable energy without offshore wind development, which will be largely sterilized by the proposed 5 km minimum setback rules. For a sample letter opposing the setback, click here. To see our letter to the Premier on the point,…Continue reading the post titled Offshore wind turbines–the setback proposal
Syncrude hearing resumes
Today, Judge Tjosvold will resume the Syncrude trial for the killing of 1600 ducks that landed on a badly managed, lethal tailings pond. He will decide whether Syncrude can be punished for both the federal and provincial offences that it committed. Anyone interested in the environmental toll…Continue reading the post titled Syncrude hearing resumes
Public Participation- Stopping SLAPPs
One of my recent pro bono projects has been develop the Ontario Bar Association’s submission on the need for a new law to control Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs). The submission is now posted, and I’ll be presenting it to the Attorney General’s emin…Continue reading the post titled Public Participation- Stopping SLAPPs
Weather or climate?
It’s hard to know whether individual weather events are just random fluctuations, or whether they are growing signs of climate change. What we need to look for are patterns– is the weather changing? And how do the changes that are actually happening compare to those predicted for clima…Continue reading the post titled Weather or climate?
Seven years after the blackout
Seven years after ten million people were affected by the August 14, 2003 blackout, our electricity policy remains somewhat schizophrenic. I’m a strong supporter of the Green Energy Act; we do need to shift what we can to conservation and to small scale, distributed, renewable electric…Continue reading the post titled Seven years after the blackout
Speaking for whales
Social media has helped to beat back efforts by pro-whaling countries, like Japan and Norway, to legalize commercial whale hunting. At the International Whaling Commission meeting held in Morocco in June, web campaigner Avaaz.org, delivered to Australian environment minister Peter Garrett, a…Continue reading the post titled Speaking for whales