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Published on: 26 Mar 2013 By

Home Depot: Excessive enforcement causing recycling set back?

Home Depot’s decision to stop accepting waste paint and compact fluorescent bulbs for recycling is a sad setback, and another sign of trouble in Ontario’s waste reduction and diversion strategy. It is important to collect every possible used fluorescent bulb (and not throw them i…

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Published on: 21 Mar 2013 By

Understanding How Damages Are Assessed In A Personal Injury Case

(Note: Since publication, this information has changed. Please see the updated version of the article for current information.) Introduction One of the first questions people ask when they are considering their legal rights following a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or any other kind…

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Published on: 18 Mar 2013 By

Information Commissioner asked to stop muzzling of government scientists

The Environmental Law Centre of the University of Victoria has written to Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada, asking her, pursuant to s. 30(1)(f) of the Access to Information Act, to: investigate the federal government’s policies and actions to obstruct the right of the publ…

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Published on: 14 Mar 2013 By

Environment Minister Bradley: what he’s done and doing on waste

Last week, Ontario Minister of the Environment, Jim Bradley, spoke to the Ontario Waste Management Association. He summarizes his Ministry’s considerable achievements of the last year on the waste file, and promises a new program for end of life vehicles, plus new framework legislation…

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Published on: 13 Mar 2013 By

Sunrise Propane explosion – landlords added to class action

Here’s an update on the Sunrise Propane explosion in Downsview, Ontario, and the gradual progress of the class action by the aggrieved neighbours. In July 2012, the Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice certified a class action against all proposed defendants except the Teskey defendants, whic…

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Published on: 12 Mar 2013 By

Timminco motion: A new twist in insolvency v environment

The insolvent metal processing company, Timminco, is attempting a new twist to “cleanse” creditors of environmental claims through insolvency law. They have applied to the Commercial List for permission to sell their valueless contaminated sites, for virtually nothing, to new sub…

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