First source protection plan approved under Clean Water Act
Source water protection is finally coming into force in Ontario. Nearly 13 years after the Walkerton water tragedy, Ontario has approved its first Source Water Protection Plan under the Clean Water Act. The Lakehead Source Protection Plan for the Thunder Bay area is the first legally bindin…Continue reading the post titled First source protection plan approved under Clean Water Act
Conference Board ranks Canada’s environmental performance: poor
According to the Conference Board of Canada, Canada ranks 15th of the 17 OECD countries in its environmental performance, mostly due to waste and overconsumption of water and energy. “Canada receives a “C” grade on environmental performance… Canada’s success in improving its envi…Continue reading the post titled Conference Board ranks Canada’s environmental performance: poor
New Video “At Siskinds We Speak Your Language”
At Siskinds we pride ourselves in assisting clients from all over the world with different backgrounds and needs. That’s why at Siskinds we focus on building a diverse team of experts who can understand you and represent you. We have developed this video to show just how many different…Continue reading the post titled New Video “At Siskinds We Speak Your Language”
Using fun to encourage recycling
Recycling and other forms of waste diversion are not usually considered “fun”. Sorting bottles and cans, lugging out the sometimes smelly compost, and taking empties to the Beer Store are the things we do because we should, not necessarily because we enjoy them. Volkswagen’s initiative The F…Continue reading the post titled Using fun to encourage recycling
Equivalent wetland dedication is expropriation?
The Quebec Court of Appeal will soon decide an appeal on whether applications to destroy wetlands can be required to dedicate offsetting lands to become protected areas. However, the trial decision has already been overruled by the National Assembly. In Atocas de l’érable inc. c. Québe…Continue reading the post titled Equivalent wetland dedication is expropriation?
The 32 most alarming climate change charts
Grist has assembled the 32 most alarming climate change charts from the draft report of the US National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, including sea level rise; billion-dollar weather disasters; annual days over 100°F; observed changes in heavy precipitation; increas…Continue reading the post titled The 32 most alarming climate change charts
What counts as pollution?
Two recent cases have reached opposite conclusions about what counts as a “contaminant” under Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act (EPA). Neither case seems to make much environmental sense. Why is flyrock a “contaminant”, when reflected light that lures millions of birds to their deaths i…Continue reading the post titled What counts as pollution?
Climate change burns while governments fiddle
Everywhere I look, I see galloping evidence of climate change. Last weekend, southern Ontario watched ski trails and ice rinks melt under the onslaught of record high temperatures and heavy rain. Spring perennials and bulbs were blooming in Toronto gardens, blooms that will be destroyed for …Continue reading the post titled Climate change burns while governments fiddle
Chemtura fined $150,000 for air pollution leak
As environmental fines continue to increase, Chemtura Canada Inc. was fined $150,000, plus the victim fine surcharge of $37,500, for spilling sulphuric acid mist into the air, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act. Chemtura’s Toronto manufacturing facility produces sulfonates an…Continue reading the post titled Chemtura fined $150,000 for air pollution leak
Air pollution: They're cleaner than you think?
Ontario’s air pollution regulation, 419/05, uses an American computer model to estimate how much air pollution from a stationary source reaches a point of impingement, usually the property boundary. This model, AERMOD, is used to determine whether organizations are complying with air e…Continue reading the post titled Air pollution: They're cleaner than you think?