Fisheries Act: Weaker or Tougher?
With Bill C-38, the omnibus Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-38, the Conservative government will bring sweeping changes to Canada’s environmental landscape. To make approvals easier for oil sands projects and related pipelines, the Fisheries Act will be particularly affected. Major changes…View the post titled Fisheries Act: Weaker or Tougher?
Liability for recreational trails
In our December article for Municipal World, we wrote about municipal liability to cyclists for failing to maintain roads in a proper state of repair. Municipalities could similarly find themselves liable as the occupiers of recreational path systems, if the trails are not adequately maintained.View the post titled Liability for recreational trails
Recovering Compensation for Attendant Care After a Motor Vehicle Collision
Individuals who are injured in a motor vehicle accident may have the right to receive funding for attendant care services required as a result of their injuries. Attendant care services include assistance provided for things such as personal care (grooming, dressing, bathing, toileting, pers…View the post titled Recovering Compensation for Attendant Care After a Motor Vehicle Collision
Municipal incentives for Brownfields
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released a very useful website, Municipal Financial Incentives for Brownfield Redevelopment – Trends among Ontario Municipalities to provide information and analysis on how Ontario municipalities are employing planning and financial tools to…View the post titled Municipal incentives for Brownfields
MOE wins: Kawartha Lakes must pay
innocent victims of contamination now have no defence against a Ministry cleanup order. They will be forced into the civil courts if they hope for any remedyView the post titled MOE wins: Kawartha Lakes must pay
Food, climate change and the Unabomber
According to major climate change denier, the Heartland Institute, people who believe in climate change are like the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, and other terrorists. From their press release announcing the billboard:View the post titled Food, climate change and the Unabomber
Financial Assurance after business closes
An MOE order for financial assurance can be enforced even after the business has closed and been evicted from its premises, and even without a full hearing by the Environmental Review Tribunal. The ERT had enough evidence to know that the cleanup would cost much more than the existing financ…View the post titled Financial Assurance after business closes
Why You Should Pay Attention to Class Action Notices
This paper answers the question – why should you pay attention to a class action notice. To answer this question, it is necessary to provide some background regarding the content and purpose of class action notices. Introduction This paper answers the question – why should you pa…View the post titled Why You Should Pay Attention to Class Action Notices
Halton Recycling and Newmarket
The Ministry of the Environment has withdrawn its last charges against the Halton Recycling plant in Newmarket, which were to go to trial this week.View the post titled Halton Recycling and Newmarket
BP to spend $400M to reduce emissions from tar sands refinery
When BP received approval to re-engineer its Whiting operation in Indiana, intended to refine oil from Canada’s tar sands, environmental groups challenged the permits. It turned out that BP’s air permit application did not accurately reflect the real emissions from the refinery. As exp…View the post titled BP to spend $400M to reduce emissions from tar sands refinery
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