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…View the post titled New air standards in effect: Reg. 419/05 bites today
Ministry of the Environment organization chart
The Ministry of the Environment has an organization chart on its website, allegedly current to December 2012. As the chart is very difficult to find, we are posting a screenshot:View the post titled Ministry of the Environment organization chart
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…View the post titled Agreements between Mining Companies and Aboriginal Communities
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…View the post titled Quebec is still the place to be for environmental class actions
Off shore wind law suit not dead yet
Trillium Wind Power Corporation’s lawsuit against the province may not be over yet. Trillium was one of the companies planning to build an off-shore wind farm in Lake Ontario. They invested heavily, totalling $5.3 million, based on the Green Energy Act, the Feed in Tariff, and direct e…View the post titled Off shore wind law suit not dead yet
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…View 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…View 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…View 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…View 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…View the post titled Equivalent wetland dedication is expropriation?
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