Time to slap down SLAPPS?
Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are lawsuits that some organizations use to suppress or punish their opponents, including public interest groups that fight proposed developments.[i] These suits used to be rare in Canada, but are now an increasing concern.[ii] They c…Continue reading the post titled Time to slap down SLAPPS?
Does pollution breach human rights?
Is heavily polluting a community a breach of its human rights? The Inter American Commission on Human Rights has agreed to hear a precedent-setting case against the United States based on environmental racism in Cancer Alley, as a breach of human rights. Heavily polluting industries are ofte…Continue reading the post titled Does pollution breach human rights?
PCB in my fish oil?
Are fish oil supplements safe? The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation doesn’t think we know enough to tell. In March, the Foundation filed a lawsuit against fish oil supplement manufacturers, distributors and retailers, claiming that they fail to give clear warnings, required by Calif…Continue reading the post titled PCB in my fish oil?
Coal phase out when?
Ontario is having a hard time deciding which it wants more: clean power, or cheap power? As required by Ontario regulations, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will shut down all four of their remaining coal-fired thermal stations – Atikokan, Lambton, Nanticoke and Thunder Bay – by December 31, …Continue reading the post titled Coal phase out when?
Liability caps and disasters
Does environmental law help prevent high risk spills? In at least one area, the law makes a unique contribution to making things worse. We encourage investors, insurers, and other financial players to take ultra high risks by capping their exposure to third-party damages. Canada’s Nuclea…Continue reading the post titled Liability caps and disasters
Know how to safely dispose of surplus pharmaceuticals? Jackie has written an excellent article: Pharmawaste for the professional journal Pharmacy Practice, and has graciously shared it with us. The update is particularly timely, as Ontario will begin a new waste diversion program for pharmac…Continue reading the post titled Dumping drugs?
How toxic is your home?
A new environmental health guide for consumers is now available from Health Canada: Hazardcheck. The guide provides good, basic safety information about keeping a home safe, including how to read labels on household chemical products, and the importance of adequate ventilation.Continue reading the post titled How toxic is your home?
Environment or economy?
The Conference Board of Canada predicts that investments in technology to prevent and adapt to climate change will have major economic benefits. The report, The Economic and Employment Impacts of Climate-Related Technology Investments concludes that climate-friendly technology investments ca…Continue reading the post titled Environment or economy?
Building excellence in the business of water
Bill 72, The Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act.[i], received first reading on May 18, 2010. Once granted Royal Assent, the Act is expected to advance water treatment technology, create jobs, promote water conservation and sustain water infrastructure. The Water Opportunities Act…Continue reading the post titled Building excellence in the business of water
Transocean seeks to cap liability for Gulf spill
One of the biggest ways that our legal system contributes to enormous, high-risk accidents, is to allow those responsible to limit their financial liability. This allows them to raise money from investors, and obtain insurance, for high-risk activities that the government wishes to support.…Continue reading the post titled Transocean seeks to cap liability for Gulf spill