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Published on: 16 Apr 2014 By

Another fine for not reporting flyrock as environmental discharge

Last year, Castonguay Blasting lost its appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada against a conviction for failing to report flyrock as an environmental “discharge” under the Environmental Protection Act. Now they have been fined $75,000 for essentially the same offence on another oc…

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Published on: 10 Apr 2014 By

Good news: clarity to come on single use battery “recycling” in Ontario

What should count as battery “recycling”? Is it good enough to melt single use batteries into nickel mill slag, which is put in roadbeds as “aggregate”? Or should we insist on up-cycling end of life batteries, i.e. carefully separating and reusing each of the hazardous components…

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Published on: 8 Apr 2014 By

First “climate refugee” case going to appeal in New Zealand

On 1st May, 2014, the New Zealand Court of Appeal will hear Ioane Teitiota’s claim to become the world’s first climate refugee. Mr. Teitota is from a remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati, one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth. He is trying to convince New Zealand jud…

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Published on: 7 Apr 2014 By

Blue Box arbitration: Third procedural victory for municipalities

Retired justice Robert Armstrong has given a third procedural victory to municipalities in the hotly disputed Blue Box funding arbitration. The Blue Box arbitration will now proceed, as scheduled, as a single hearing, instead of being broken up into parts, as stewards proposed: Bifurcation D…

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Published on: 31 Mar 2014 By

Climate change: yes, it's getting worse fast and it matters

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its Summary for Policy Makers. Based on thousands of scientific studies since 2005 into the growing impacts of climate change, it concludes that key dangerous changes are already underway around the world, and will hurt the poor the mo…

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Published on: 31 Mar 2014 By

Another small step for environmental research at the Experimental Lakes Area

The long, painful process of rescuing the irreplaceable Experimental Lakes Area of fresh water environmental research has taken another small but essential step. The Ministry of the Environment has made the decision to proceed with  proposed regulations under the Environmental Protection Act…

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