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Published on: 12 Feb 2013 By

Anti-wind litigation: is there an end in sight?

After nearly two years of vigorous anti-wind litigation in Ontario, anti-wind activists have failed to satisfy any court or tribunal that wind energy development in accordance with government standards will cause serious harm. Many wind projects have been approved, and wind-based electrical …

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Published on: 8 Feb 2013 By

National Energy Board and safety rules for construction near pipelines

The National Energy Board (NEB) is proposing changes to three regulations1 governing construction and excavation activities around NEB-regulated pipelines, two of which have not been updated since they came into effect in 1988. For context, according to Alberta’s Energy and Resources Conserv…

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Published on: 7 Feb 2013 By

Liability Of Municipalities For Injuries As A Result Of Icy Or Snowy Road Conditions

In this article Rasha El-Tawil examines the liability of a municipality under section 44 of the Municipal Act, 2001 in the case of accidents that occur on a poorly or unmaintained road in extreme winter conditions, as well as the steps you should take if you are involved in an accident you f…

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Published on: 6 Feb 2013 By

Federal Environmental Commissioner tables 2012 report

The 2012 Fall Report of Scott Vaughan, federal Commissioner of the Environment and of Sustainable Development, was tabled today at 10:00 a.m. in the House of Commons. This Report focusses on the gaps between federal programs to promote resource development, and the environmental threats pose…

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Published on: 5 Feb 2013 By

Where is environmental commitment in Wynne’s transition team?

Kathleen Wynne’s Transition Team is led by Monique Smith, former MPP and Cabinet member. It includes a wide range of interests and experience, but no one outstanding for their environmental commitment or experience: Tom Allison: Kathleen Wynne Campaign Manager Arnold Chan: Vice President, Ab…

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Published on: 4 Feb 2013 By

Huge fine and jail for drinking water violations in township

The small Municipality of West Elgin (pop. 5,157) and three of its water distribution system operators were fined $154,500 in St.Thomas Provincial Offences Court for drinking water violations, including providing false information and failing to report adverse test results. One of the operat…

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Published on: 1 Feb 2013 By

New air standards in effect: Reg. 419/05 bites today

A major tightening of air pollution emission standards comes into force today for many Ontario industries. Regulation 419/05, under the Environmental Protection Act, bases air pollution standards on avoiding local impacts to human health and the environment, NOT on what is economically or te…

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Published on: 30 Jan 2013 By

Agreements between Mining Companies and Aboriginal Communities

Natural Resources Canada has published an impressive list of 182 agreements that mining companies have entered into with aboriginal communities across Canada. These include exploration agreements, impact and benefit agreements, participation agreements and socio-economic agreements. Although…

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Published on: 29 Jan 2013 By

Quebec is still the place to be for environmental class actions

There continue to be more environmental class actions in Quebec than anywhere else in the country. Environmental Disasters Two new class actions were certified in Quebec last year arising from disastrous accidents: In Lessard c. Arcand, 2012 QCCS 275, a claim was certified for flooding damag…

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