Obama to slash emissions from power plants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its long awaited proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards to slash carbon emissions from existing power plants, the largest industrial source of GHG emissions in the US. The rule, if upheld by the Supreme Court, will require…Continue reading the post titled Obama to slash emissions from power plants
Parking lot dust an unreasonable nuisance
Dust generated by trucks driving on an unpaved parking lot can be a nuisance to industrial neighbours, according to the Ontario Court of Appeal. In TMS Lighting Ltd. v. KJS Transport Inc., 2014 CarswellOnt 2, the court ruled that the dust unreasonably interfered with a neighbouring business’…Continue reading the post titled Parking lot dust an unreasonable nuisance
Matrimonial Home: Should I stay or should I go?
Clients who are going through a separation often ask me whether it is OK to move out of the matrimonial home before all the issues arising out of their separation have been resolved. Sometimes tensions are high and the client believes some physical distance is required in order to keep the p…Continue reading the post titled Matrimonial Home: Should I stay or should I go?
Wills, trusts and estate planning for people with disabilities and their families
Introduction Families are very familiar with positive planning processes that are focused on helping their child with disabilities to have a good life. You may have had help by many people in your unique situation to develop a good plan: extended family and friends, members of your child’s s…Continue reading the post titled Wills, trusts and estate planning for people with disabilities and their families
Staff changes at Ministry of Environment
Staff changes have been announced at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Greg Sones is leaving the Waste Management Policy Branch and going back to enforcement. Wendy Ren will be acting director of Waste Management Policy Branch, whose Bill 91 (Waste Reduction Act) died on the order pap…Continue reading the post titled Staff changes at Ministry of Environment
Providing Expert Opinion: be the best witness you can be
Providing expert evidence is an essential part of the legal system, Judges and Juries place significant weight on your opinion. This article outlines the legal duties of an expert and suggests some strategies for making the best presentation in court. Overview The purpose of a trial is to al…Continue reading the post titled Providing Expert Opinion: be the best witness you can be
Another anti-wind power appeal dismissed
Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal: May 14, 2014, Pitt v. MOE ERT Registry Number: 13-121. The Wainfleet Wind Energy Project can now proceed, despite objections from a skydiving club. The ERT ruled that the club had not shown that…Continue reading the post titled Another anti-wind power appeal dismissed
First affidavits, Blue Box funding arbitration
For those interested in the Blue Box funding arbitration, which will decide how much stewards (brand owners) must pay of the annual net $228 million cost under the Waste Diversion Act, here are the affidavits of the witnesses who have already completed their testimony on behalf of the munici…Continue reading the post titled First affidavits, Blue Box funding arbitration
Climate warning labels on gasoline may become a reality
The municipality of West Vancouver, prompted by Grade 10 student Emily Kelsall, may be the first in Canada to put labels on gas nozzles warning of the dangers of climate change. The municipality is looking into whether it has the necessary power to enact such a bylaw, we think that they migh…Continue reading the post titled Climate warning labels on gasoline may become a reality
Seek Legal Advice Immediately Upon Receipt of a Request from the MOE
Landowners will often comply voluntarily with requests from the Ministry of the Environment (“MOE”), but cooperating may not always be in their best interest. Seeking early legal advice is important to determine what course of action, upon receiving notification, correspondence or an adminis…Continue reading the post titled Seek Legal Advice Immediately Upon Receipt of a Request from the MOE
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