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…View 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…View 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 …View the post titled Managing fill: when is surplus soil “waste”, and where can it go?
Sustainable remediation: what is the status?
The United Kingdom program, Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments, provides excellent resources on contaminated site remediation. One of their contributors, the University of Cambridge, is now seeking input on sustainable remediation. Study participants will receive the final report.View the post titled Sustainable remediation: what is the status?
Environmental Review Tribunal appeal notices must be complete
The Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed an anti-wind appeal, because the neighbours opposed to the project did not file a proper notice of appeal: Ball v. Director. Several appeals were also dismissed in Monture v. Ontario, Ministry of the Environment, because the notices of appeal w…View the post titled Environmental Review Tribunal appeal notices must be complete
Is There Such A Thing As A Legal Separation?
Often I hear the term bandied about by people who are separated that they need to get a “legal separation”. This term is a misnomer. In our statutes which govern separation and divorce there is no such term. A couple is separated when at least of one of them have expressed their intention to…View the post titled Is There Such A Thing As A Legal Separation?
New Canadian environmental assessment: a rose by any other name?
Officially, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, has abolished most federal environmental assessment screenings, but the practical effect is less than it appears. Parks Canada, for example, has simply replaced the old Canadian Environmental Assessment Act process with its new, …View the post titled New Canadian environmental assessment: a rose by any other name?
Missed documents in public participation undermine compost downzoning bylaw
The British Columbia Court of Appeal has struck down a downzoning bylaw to eliminate composting at a licenced composting business: Fisher Road Holdings Ltd. v. Cowichan Valley (Regional District).View the post titled Missed documents in public participation undermine compost downzoning bylaw
The Wedding Is Off! Now Who Gets To Keep The Ring?
Nadine Russell discusses the precedent and possibilities of the unfortunate circumstance of an ended engagement and what happens to the ring.Once upon a time, a man knelt down on one knee, presented a shiny diamond ring to his girlfriend and uttered the famous words “Will you marry me?” Wit…View the post titled The Wedding Is Off! Now Who Gets To Keep The Ring?
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