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Published on: 10 May 2013 By (Dianne Saxe)

$17,500 penalty for importing hazardous batteries without permit

Toxco Waste Management Ltd., of Trail, B.C., was ordered to pay $17,500 to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) by the Provincial Court of British Columbia after pleading guilty to importing waste lithium batteries exceeding the limit set out in its import permit. This action contravened the…

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Published on: 9 May 2013 By

Gender Expression and Gender Identity: New Protected Grounds of Discrimination

In June 2000, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (“OHRC”) released its Policy on Discrimination and Harassment because of Gender Identity, taking the position that the ground of sex could be used to protect transgender people from discrimination and harassment. The OHRC also called for an a…

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Published on: 8 May 2013 By (Dianne Saxe)

Some Alberta oil sands monitoring data now public

Access to some federal and provincial environmental monitoring data on air, water, land and biodiversity in the oil sands is now available through an online data portal. The portal is a result of the Joint Canada–Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring announced in February 2012.

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Published on: 2 May 2013 By (Dianne Saxe)

Kawartha Lakes appeal heard by Court of Appeal

The City of Kawartha Lakes has appealed to the Ontario Court of Appeal from a Ministry of the Environment Order, which imposed cleanup liability on the City for contamination it did not cause. The City argues that the MOE should have imposed those cleanup costs on the polluters, meaning eith…

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Published on: 1 May 2013 By (Dianne Saxe)

Did Conservatives mislead country on environmental assessment "delays"?

Canada’s environmental review process for projects such as oil and gas pipelines did not have backlogs or other unreasonable delays that would justify the timelines imposed by the federal government last year, according to a study in the respected Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aqua…

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Published on: 30 Apr 2013 By (Dianne Saxe)

Landfill gas electricity may be eligible for permit by rule in Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is seeking public comment on a proposed regulation to allow landfill gas power generating facilities to register in the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). The Registry is a much easier, quicker way to get environmental permission to bui…

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