Ride for Heart
Thank you to everyone who sponsored me for today’s bike Ride for Heart. Heart disease and stroke is the leading cause of death in Ontario, and is responsible for 1 of 3 deaths per year across Canada. Our family was very proud to make a contribution to stroke prevention and treatment re…View the post titled Ride for Heart
Transit, loss, and compensation
Our column in today’s award-winning SLAW revisits the Heyes case. “Public works often impose heavy losses on those in private property nearby. Under what circumstances should they be compensated? That should have been the question in Heyes v. Vancouver, now Susan Heyes Inc. (Haz…View the post titled Transit, loss, and compensation
SLAPPS, wind and libel chill
We really need legislation to stop SLAPPs. According to the Ontario Anti-SLAPP panel report: “Strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP) has been defined as a lawsuit initiated against one or more individuals or groups that speak out or take a position on an issue of pub…View the post titled SLAPPS, wind and libel chill
How reliable are odour units?
345 Given that there are many steps in the process of attempting to calculate odour units which are problematic, and which contain so many points of bias and subjectivity, the Panel finds that the ultimate number or value coming out of an odour unit measurement cannot be relied upon as me…View the post titled How reliable are odour units?
Brownfield Regulation amended
The Ministry of the Environment has amended Ontario Regulation 153/04, under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), related to brownfields. According to the MOE, the amendments “are technical and are consistent with the policy intent of the existing O. Reg. 153/04, as amended in Decem…View the post titled Brownfield Regulation amended
Bikes and transit
As part of our commitment to a greener city, we are again sponsoring the Bikes and Transit website. This is a great resource for planning cycle excursions around the GTA, from the wine route in Grimsby to the beautiful Ajax waterfront, all by public transit. We have been delighted with the b…View the post titled Bikes and transit
American energy use in one chart
US energy policy has an outsize effect on Canadian law, regulation and policy. It’s therefore fascinating to see, in a single graph, how much of what type of energy they use, and how that changes year-over-year. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory publishes annual energy flow…View the post titled American energy use in one chart
Erickson wind appeal delay
The Environmental Review Tribunal is hearing final arguments this week in Erickson v. Director, Ministry of the Environment. This is the first ERT appeal on renewable energy approvals under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, and the first renewable energy approval for a major wind farm …View the post titled Erickson wind appeal delay
Water meters inexorable
Pay for use or flat rates? Flat rates are often popular, but they are poor public policy. Flat rates encourage waste. Flat rates discourage conservation of water and energy, and devalue their importance. Flat rates make conscientious citizens pay for the bad habits of wasteful neighbours. An…View the post titled Water meters inexorable
Pharmaceuticals, drinking water, and liability
The better our detection ability becomes, the more things we find in the water. One important group of those things is pharmaceuticals and their metabolites. Pharmaceuticals are specifically designed to affect the bodies, brains and behaviour of humans and other animals, at comparatively low…View the post titled Pharmaceuticals, drinking water, and liability
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