More Ontario Statements of Environmental Values proposed
The Ontario Ministries of Rural Affairs and of Agriculture and Food have each proposed a draft Statement of Environmental Values under the Environmental Bill of Rights. The Ontario Environmental Commissioner has, for many years, called for all ministries who make decisions with significant e…View the post titled More Ontario Statements of Environmental Values proposed
Supreme Court of Canada gives Chevron permission to appeal Ecuador pollution decision
The Supreme Court of Canada has granted Chevron’s application for leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal decision allowing Ecuadorian plaintiffs to sue here to try to collect their $18 billion Ecuador pollution judgment. According to a US court, that award was based on fraud. Our …View the post titled Supreme Court of Canada gives Chevron permission to appeal Ecuador pollution decision
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…View the post titled Another fine for not reporting flyrock as environmental discharge
In Canada, there are many forms of business structures, including corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships. As businesses commence operations, or grow and evolve, owners and managers need to determine which structure is appropriate. For those who are considering starting a busines…View the post titled Understanding Corporations
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…View the post titled Good news: clarity to come on single use battery “recycling” in Ontario
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…View the post titled First “climate refugee” case going to appeal in New Zealand
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…View the post titled Blue Box arbitration: Third procedural victory for municipalities
How do I get my RDSP money?
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a government assisted savings vehicle introduced in the 2007 Federal Budget. The plan is available for individuals that qualify for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and is intended to help ensure the financial security of an individual with a s…View the post titled How do I get my RDSP money?
Japan’s whaling program ruled unscientific, must stop at last
In May 2010, Australia launched legal proceedings against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) alleging that: “Japan’s continued pursuit of a large-scale program of whaling under the Second Phase of its Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic (‘JARP…View the post titled Japan’s whaling program ruled unscientific, must stop at last
Court of Appeal stays Ostrander wind approval pending appeal to protect turtles
The Ontario Court of Appeal has stayed the Ostrander Point wind approval pending an appeal by the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists.View the post titled Court of Appeal stays Ostrander wind approval pending appeal to protect turtles
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