MOECC Updates – May 2015
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed of environmental issues that could impact your business, we have collected this list of recent MOECC news and fines for violations of the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act. If you have any questions or would l…Continue reading the post titled MOECC Updates – May 2015
Cheese whey spill: $80,000 fine
Even seemingly innocuous substances, like human food and drink, can be hazardous to the natural environment. And spills of food and drink must be reported. Silani Sweet Cheese Limited manufactures a cheese at a facility in Bradford, West Gwilliumbury. In January 2013, ricotta cheese whey ove…Continue reading the post titled Cheese whey spill: $80,000 fine
Even brief discharges must be reported
Metcan Industries, which manufactures synthetic slag products, was convicted of failing to report a discharge of particulate that lasted “a couple of minutes”. The company was fined $10,000 plus the $2,5000 victim fine surcharge, under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act. (…Continue reading the post titled Even brief discharges must be reported
$350,000+ fine for cement plant dust and noise
Essroc Canada Inc. was fined $350,000, plus the victim fine surcharge of $87,500, for dust and noise from its cement manufacturing facility near Picton. The fine was suggested jointly by the company and by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Essroc pleaded guilty to disch…Continue reading the post titled $350,000+ fine for cement plant dust and noise
Approvals reform (EASR) for permits to take water
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is now considering public comments on its latest approvals reform proposal: moving many permits to take water to the “permit by rule” approach of the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). The next EASR propos…Continue reading the post titled Approvals reform (EASR) for permits to take water
US recommends reducing fluoride in drinking water
Communities throughout Canada and the US add fluoride to their drinking water supplies to prevent dental cavities. As we’ve written about before, some opponents claim that the risk of adverse health effects outweighs the public health benefits of fluoridation. A recent report by the U.…Continue reading the post titled US recommends reducing fluoride in drinking water
"Resource Recovery" not "Waste Management"
What’s in a name? The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has renamed its longstanding Waste Management Policy Branch the “Resource Recovery Policy Branch“. The renaming is part of Minister Glenn Murray’s vision of a low-carbon circular economy, and of …Continue reading the post titled "Resource Recovery" not "Waste Management"
OCA Clarifies Franchisor Disclosure Obligations
After getting off to a shaky start, the Ontario Court of Appeal seems to be finding its feet in the interpretation of franchisors’ disclosure obligations as mandated by the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure) 2000, S.O. 2000 c. 3, and its General Regulation. In the case of Caffé Demetr…Continue reading the post titled OCA Clarifies Franchisor Disclosure Obligations
What will Alberta NDP govt do about climate change?
Congratulations to Rachel Notley and the new Alberta NDP majority government. Their platform page is “not found” this morning, but it included several environmental pledges: $5 million annually to partner with financial institutions and extend interest-free loans of up to $10,000…Continue reading the post titled What will Alberta NDP govt do about climate change?
Court of Appeal Upholds ERT Finding in Blanding’s Turtle Case
On April 20, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal restored the finding of the Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) that the proposed Ostrander Point wind farm would result in “serious and irreversible” harm to the Blanding’s turtle. The Ostrander Point wind farm project is a nine-turbine 22.5 …Continue reading the post titled Court of Appeal Upholds ERT Finding in Blanding’s Turtle Case