Earthquakes and climate change
As the news pours in of yet another catastrophic earthquake, this time in Japan, it is worth pondering the evidence that climate change can cause geological changes, including earthquakes and possibly volcanos. See, for example, VOLCANO: Climate forcing of geological and geomorphological haz…View the post titled Earthquakes and climate change
Upset, concern and worry aren't enough
The Ontario Court of Appeal has agreed: upset, concern and worry aren’t enough to warrant compensation.View the post titled Upset, concern and worry aren't enough
A reader asks about Renewable Fuels
A reader asks: are the federal Renewable Fuels Regulations in force?View the post titled A reader asks about Renewable Fuels
The 100th International Women's Day
On this, the 100th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day, we want to thank the many brave and principled women and men who made it possible for women like us to practice the learned professions. It is sometimes hard to remember how rare this is in human history, how recent…View the post titled The 100th International Women's Day
Hanna, wind and Statements of Environmental Values
In Hanna v. MOE, what did the Decisional Court decide about the legal status of the Ministry of the Environment Statement of Environmental Values? Not much, in my opinion.View the post titled Hanna, wind and Statements of Environmental Values
Bitter drinks change moral judgments?
Environmentalists often insist that “everything is connected”. But it’s still slightly depressing how much external and theoretically irrelevant factors influence decision-making. Presumably including government and judicial decision-making. For example, those who drink bit…View the post titled Bitter drinks change moral judgments?
Divisional Court rejects Hanna anti- wind application today
The Divisional Court has strongly rejected Ian Hanna’s attack on renewable energy approvals for wind turbines. Hanna objected to the 550 metre setback requirement, proposing that turbines should only be sited in remote locations. He claimed this was required by the MoE Statement of Env…View the post titled Divisional Court rejects Hanna anti- wind application today
Is Flyrock really a pollution discharge?
The Ministry of the Environment has prosecuted and convicted an Ontario company for failing to report a “discharge” when fly rock flew out of a construction site and damaged a house. Castonguay Blasting was following all proper precautions when the blast occurred, and immediately…View the post titled Is Flyrock really a pollution discharge?
Dumping construction waste: $150,000 fine
Willy’s Roll-Off Ltd., 1092066 Ontario Inc., Willis and Susan McKeown and Percy Pyper Ltd. pled guilty in February to impairing water quality, establishing a waste disposal site without approval, and failing to transport waste only to an approved site. They were fined a total of $150,000 plu…View the post titled Dumping construction waste: $150,000 fine
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