Do the innocent get compensation after MOE orders?
Cleaning up your neighbour’s mess: Recovery of spill clean-up costs by the innocent party. It is clear that any civilized system of law is bound to provide remedies for cases of what has been called unjust enrichment or unjust benefit, that is to prevent a man from retaining the money of or …Continue reading the post titled Do the innocent get compensation after MOE orders?
Energy efficiency improving? Depends what you count
Energy efficiency improvements do pay off for Canadian companies, but there is still a long way to go.Continue reading the post titled Energy efficiency improving? Depends what you count
Where are electronic documents for hazardous waste?
Where are electronic documents for hazardous waste? Under Ontario’s Regulation 347, waste generators must keep some documents at the waste generation facility, in either physical or electronic form. Physical storage at each waste generation facility may be challenging. Will cloud (or o…Continue reading the post titled Where are electronic documents for hazardous waste?
Legal Proceedings against Persons and Businesses outside of Ontario
In Van Breda, a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court articulated a test which, if satisfied, allows Canadian courts to adjudicate disputes against persons who are not physically present in their territory. It is often particularly important to persons who have potenti…Continue reading the post titled Legal Proceedings against Persons and Businesses outside of Ontario
P.E.I. Plans to Sue Big Tobacco
A recent article in The Guardian, a news outlet in P.E.I., writes about how the provincial government has retained Siskinds LLP and filed a claim with the province’s Supreme Court to recover costs in relation to tobacco-related illnesses. Read the article here http://bit.ly/TSKPWb.Continue reading the post titled P.E.I. Plans to Sue Big Tobacco
Citizen science: Home spectrometer and Big Data
Do it yourself spectrometer? Cell phone spectrometer add ons? Do it yourself aerial mapping with balloons and kites? Environmental data collection with citizen science devices could fill in some of the gaps created by government cutbacks, especially if combined with the NEON Big Data project.Continue reading the post titled Citizen science: Home spectrometer and Big Data
Can biased sampling create hazardous waste?
One of our current cases deals with a question that is critical to everyone in the waste business: can biased sampling make a non-hazardous waste “hazardous”?Continue reading the post titled Can biased sampling create hazardous waste?
Surging climate change: Record low ice and crop failure, who cares?
What will it take for climate change to become an election issue? Ok, lots of people don’t understand why the rapid disappearance of Arctic ice to its record low (and still melting) matters to them. (For a quick summary, try Why Arctic Ice Matters and the Arctic Ice Death Spiral. Accor…Continue reading the post titled Surging climate change: Record low ice and crop failure, who cares?
Contaminated site lawsuit: How not to win
Owners of a contaminated site are often too optimistic about their “rights” to compensation. Sometimes, chasing compensation for contamination just throws good money after bad. For example, Terrim Properties Ltd. wanted to build a gaming centre in Castlegar, B.C. Their loan fell…Continue reading the post titled Contaminated site lawsuit: How not to win
Managing fill: when is surplus soil “waste”, and where can it go?
Soil movement is big business in Ontario, involving perhaps 170 million tonnes/ year, and adding about 15% to infrastructure costs. Last year’s changes to the contaminated sites regulation Reg. 153/04 have made soil movement more difficult and expensive than ever, and further cost increases …Continue reading the post titled Managing fill: when is surplus soil “waste”, and where can it go?