Happy Spring Holiday
Please accept our warmest wishes for a joyous, peaceful Passover and Easter. May you spend time with people dear to you, celebrating the return of light, warmth, and growing things. From all of us.View the post titled Happy Spring Holiday
Algonquin Park and the Crown Forest (Un)Sustainability Act
In 1994, Ontario adopted the grandly named Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA). A long, bruising environmental assessment (the Timber Management EA) had shown that we were ravaging Crown forests with a short term focus on extracting the most timber now, damaging the future of the forests …View the post titled Algonquin Park and the Crown Forest (Un)Sustainability Act
Keeping septic systems working
Septic systems don’t run by themselves. They need regular inspections, cleaning and maintenance, or they break down and leak raw sewage. It is therefore somewhat amazing that only last summer was the Building Code (O. Reg 350/06) amended (by O. Reg. 315/10) to require such regular inspection…View the post titled Keeping septic systems working
50 years of environmental law in Canada
While I was giving a seminar on environmental law to Turkish lawyers this week, I realised that 2011 is roughly the 50th anniversary of Ontario (and I think Canadian) environmental laws. It was in 1961 that the Ontario Water Resources Act and Ontario Water Resources Commission were created, …View the post titled 50 years of environmental law in Canada
Fail to notify gets big fine
On March 9, 2011, Scotland Agromart Ltd. was fined $75,000 for failing to notify the ministry of a pesticides spill. On a related charge, Summerville Custom Spraying Limited was fined $25,000 on October 27, 2010. Total fine, $100,000 plus the 25% Victim Fine Surcharge.View the post titled Fail to notify gets big fine
Ride for Heart?
A personal note: As many of you know, my husband had a massive stroke last fall. In his honour, I am seeking sponsors for the Ride for Heart, the annual bike-a-thon fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to raise money for research. Thank you for your consideration.View the post titled Ride for Heart?
Environmental Assessment not statutory authority?
An environmental assessment, no matter how “extensive and wide ranging”, does not amount to statutory authority, or provide a defence in nuisance, according to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in Appeal in Heyes v. Vancouver, now Susan Heyes Inc. (Hazel & Co.) v. South C…View the post titled Environmental Assessment not statutory authority?
Australia has introduced carbon farming legislation. The Carbon Farming Initiative is a carbon offsets scheme being established by the Australian Government to provide new economic opportunities for farmers, forest growers and landholders and to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.View the post titled Carbon Farming
I am intrigued by the potential of a newish gadget to improve odour monitoring, including self-monitoring by regulated entities. The Nasal Ranger is a handheld “field olfactometer”, an alternative to conventional odour panels that can be used on the spot. The Ranger is designed for US…View the post titled Nasal Ranger
Judicial Criticism of Experts: so what?
Judges occasionally make harsh criticisms of the witnesses who appear before them. Sometimes those criticisms are justified; other times, everyone is just having a bad day. In these days of instant search, such a criticism could be recycled endlessly in subsequent cases, perhaps permanently …View the post titled Judicial Criticism of Experts: so what?
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