Electricity conservation getting serious
Ontario’s landmark Green Energy Act (GEA) was passed a year ago, on May 14, 2009, to bring us major changes in energy conservation and renewable energy. Big subsidies have ramped up renewable energy generation, through the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs. Now it’s time for energy …Continue reading the post titled Electricity conservation getting serious
Can garbage give us gas?
Energy from waste was anathema to Ontario regulators twenty years ago, but now they have changed their mind, due to better technology, a critical shortage of landfill space and strong demand for renewable sources of energy. One increasingly popular way is through biogas. Instead of burning t…Continue reading the post titled Can garbage give us gas?
Environmental auditing – its own profession?
Should environmental auditing become its own profession? Dianne gave a highly anticipated Keynote address to the annual meeting of the Auditing Association of Canada in beautiful Kananaskis, Alberta. She reviewed the defining characteristics of a self regulated profession, and the advantages…Continue reading the post titled Environmental auditing – its own profession?
Not every spill is an offence
It’s encouraging to see the courts rejecting prosecutions for minor, low fault spills that are quickly and professionally managed.Continue reading the post titled Not every spill is an offence
Better Ontario toilets
Conserve water: us? Ontario residents and businesses have never worried much about conserving water; as a result, we are among the world’s most wasteful water users: a drowning 260 litres per person per day. Calls for voluntary conservation have had little effect. Now, water conservation rul…Continue reading the post titled Better Ontario toilets
Congratulations and thank you
We’re proud to announce that Dianne has been awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award, for her many years of service to the OBA and to environmental law. And thank you to Canadian Lawyer for listing us as one of Canada’s top 5 environmental law boutiques.Continue reading the post titled Congratulations and thank you
Environmental penalties gaining steam
Ontario’s environmental penalties regime for spills is gathering steam. The final count for 2009 was 13 penalties totalling $112,143.20, most under the Environmental Protection Act. The highest penalty was $23,750. Thirteen more penalties have already been issued in the first four months of …Continue reading the post titled Environmental penalties gaining steam
Want to buy a landfill?
The long, troubled history of the Cayuga landfill has another twist. The court-appointed receiver, SF Partners, is now inviting offers to purchase the Cayuga landfill, after nearly 10 years of effort to modernize and reopen it.Continue reading the post titled Want to buy a landfill?
Spill, baby, spill
Two major oil disasters in a single month – a Chinese oil tanker aground on the Great Barrier Reef, and the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico – where is Sarah Palin now? Or, more seriously, where is environmental law when we need it? The Australian spill is, in a legal sense, simpler.Continue reading the post titled Spill, baby, spill
PCBs in fish
PCBs in your fish dinner? Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) were used for decades in industry and to make electrical equipment like transformers and capacitors.[i] They are slow to break down and hard to destroy. PCB are known carcinogens and have been linked to adverse reproductive, immune, …Continue reading the post titled PCBs in fish