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…Continue reading the post titled Home Depot: Excessive enforcement causing recycling set back?
Turf wars – how green is artificial turf?
Kudos to those opposing the University of Toronto’s plan to use artificial turf for its back campus field, in time for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The opponents are right: there are good reasons for health and environmental concern about ripping up grass (muddy as it may be) and replac…Continue reading the post titled Turf wars – how green is artificial turf?
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…Continue reading the post titled Understanding How Damages Are Assessed In A Personal Injury Case
$25,000 fine for unreported waste oil spill
Huron District Contracting Limited was fined $25,000, plus a victim fine surcharge of $6,250, for spilling petroleum hydrocarbons from a waste oil tank. Huron District Contracting does marine construction and excavation near Goderich, Ontario. According to the Ministry of the Environment, …Continue reading the post titled $25,000 fine for unreported waste oil spill
Big fine for odour despite earnest efforts by compost company
Universal Resource Recovery Inc. was fined $80,000 for discharging odours from its Welland composting facility.Continue reading the post titled Big fine for odour despite earnest efforts by compost company
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…Continue reading the post titled Information Commissioner asked to stop muzzling of government scientists
How to avoid getting an articling job
Some bad habits never seem to go out of date. Here is a reprint of an article we wrote years ago about the silliest and simplest mistakes that applicants for articling positions make, over and over. Amazingly, the same mistakes are still being made: For decades, there has been much concern a…Continue reading the post titled How to avoid getting an articling job
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…Continue reading the post titled Environment Minister Bradley: what he’s done and doing on waste
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…Continue reading the post titled Sunrise Propane explosion – landlords added to class action
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…Continue reading the post titled Timminco motion: A new twist in insolvency v environment