Welcome, Jim Bradley, Minister of Environment
Welcome back (after 21 years) to Jim Bradley, perhaps the best environment minister we’ve ever had.Continue reading the post titled Welcome, Jim Bradley, Minister of Environment
Environmental causes of action
The recent Court of Appeal decision in Smith v Inco is requiring Canadian environmental lawyers to carefully rethink environmental causes of action–who can sue who for what? How can Smith v. Inco be reconciled with St. Lawrence Cement v. Barrette? (Different type of nuisance). Why can non-to…Continue reading the post titled Environmental causes of action
Escheat is very popular
One of the popular ways of dealing with contaminated sites that are “underwater” i.e. where the economic value of the property does not justify remediation, is to abandon it by letting it escheat to the Crown. Escheat happens when a corporation is dissolved, leaving no one to receive its …Continue reading the post titled Escheat is very popular
Staff shuffle at the MOE
The new Minister of the Environment will be named this Thursday. Meanwhile, the senior MOE staff has been shuffled. Warmest congratulations to each of them on their new positions:Continue reading the post titled Staff shuffle at the MOE
Another noise lawsuit
A group of Calgary residents have launched another civil lawsuit, trying to force a local chicken processing plant (Lilydale) to slash noise and odour. The statement of claim asks the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench to order Lilydale to stop night-time trucking at its Hurst Road plant, limit …Continue reading the post titled Another noise lawsuit
Watch for us on TV this week
Going for the Green is an Internet TV station devoted to environmental issues, and run by Lynn Johannson. Watch for our featured video there this week: http://www.xool.tv/goingforthegreen.Continue reading the post titled Watch for us on TV this week
Compost maker fined $125,000
Compost maker Scott Environmental Group Limited has been fined $125,000 plus the 25% victim fine surcharge, for breaching multiple conditions of its Certificate of Approval. Scott (operating as Norterra Organics in Kingston) pleaded guilty to accepting too much daily waste, storing more than…Continue reading the post titled Compost maker fined $125,000
Good service, great staff
A typical client summarized their experience with our firm as follows: “Good service, great staff”! Another said, “Many thanks to Elaine… She is a gem.” It’s wonderful to hear. And thank you so much for referring your colleagues to us. We really appreciate…Continue reading the post titled Good service, great staff
Big fine for environmental consultant
Fines of $201,500, plus the 25% victim fine surcharge, have been imposed on an environmental consultant, his company and its client, for violations of the Ontario Water Resources Act. The client was also sent to jail.Continue reading the post titled Big fine for environmental consultant
What will the new TCE health classification mean?
Now that the US EPA has classified TCE as a carcinogen, and dangerous at levels previously believed to be safe, what will happen to risk assessments and other regulatory decision-making in Ontario? Noted risk assessor, Brett Ibbotson, tells me that the new numbers are two to four times as st…Continue reading the post titled What will the new TCE health classification mean?
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