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Published on: 9 Sep 2013 By

One less hazardous waste in Ontario: automotive aluminum sludge delisted

The line between “hazardous” and “non-hazardous” waste is often drawn in a somewhat arbitrary way, sometimes for historical reasons. Occasionally, it is possible to persuade the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to readjust the line. Canadian automotive manufacturer…

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Published on: 5 Sep 2013 By

New Cycling Strategy- another small step in the right direction

As passionate cyclists, we are glad to see that Ontario HAS a cycling strategy (update just released, after 1106 comments on the previous draft). Now we’d like to see more money, and better laws, to give it teeth and concrete presence in our cities.We have a long way to go to achieve t…

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Published on: 4 Sep 2013 By

Ontario environmental permit by rule approvals (EASR) expanding slowly

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has proposed some modest expansions of its permit-by-rule approval program for low impact activities similar to those already covered by the EASR system. The proposal, Regulatory Amendments to Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Regulatio…

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Published on: 3 Sep 2013 By

Can municipalities require climate warning labels on gasoline?

Here’s a great new idea for municipal action on climate change: warning labels! Our Horizon1 is a non-profit organization with a mandate to empower people and communities to take action on climate change. Their new campaign aims to get municipalities to use their existing powers in new ways …

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Published on: 29 Aug 2013 By

Tiny amount of hazardous material can make a whole waste load “hazardous”

A recent court decision has dramatically widened Ontario’s rules on what constitutes “hazardous waste”. Now, any hotspot can be enough to make an entire load “hazardous waste”. This is a particular risk for those handling spill cleanup materials and other small …

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Published on: 23 Aug 2013 By

All That e-Glitters: Bitcoins and Securities Regulation

What are Bitcoins and what laws apply to them? In a new post, Siskinds class action lawyer Daniel Bach explains what Bitcoins are and looks at a recent US court decision considering whether or not they should be governed by securities laws. The age-old question: “if a new security purports t…

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Published on: 18 Aug 2013 By

Your Uninsurable Home? What is climate change’s wild weather doing to insurance?

Across Canada, this year has brought severe storms, floods, wildfires and other catastrophic weather. As people in Calgary, Toronto and other hard hit areas try to rebuild their lives, most of them expect that someone should help them pay for the damage. Oil-rich Alberta has promised $1 bill…

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