The Rise And Fall Of Chadha v Bayer
Introduction Although numerous price-fixing conspiracy class actions have been commenced in Canada, only a relatively small number have proceeded to a contested certification motion. For those that have proceeded to a contested certification, one of the main challenges for plaintiffs has be…View the post titled The Rise And Fall Of Chadha v Bayer
Climate change and wilful ignorance
Israel is burning, in record heat and drought. The Hudson Bay polar bears are in trouble, and may lose all of this year’s cubs. 2010 is “almost certain” to be the third warmest year on record since 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The Arctic ice is …View the post titled Climate change and wilful ignorance
Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act passed
Bill 72 received Royal Assent this week. The new Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act is designed to: Promote better water technologies and practices; Create clean technology jobs Encourage conservation of Ontario water resources But not to promote privatization of water utilities.…View the post titled Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act passed
Wind Appeal launched
As predicted, the first major renewable (wind) energy approval has been appealed to the Environmental Review Tribunal. Notice of the appeal was posted on the EBR Registry. I was glad to see, though, that this applicant doesn’t allege human health impacts. Because of the relatively narr…View the post titled Wind Appeal launched
Taxonomy, Critical to Biodiversity. Really.
Taxonomy is the science that accurately identifies, classifies and documents plant and animal species. It provides the “language” through which we can study biodiversity. It’s an exciting time for taxonomy, as advances in computer technology and genetic techniques change the pace at which t…View the post titled Taxonomy, Critical to Biodiversity. Really.
Drinking water source protection update
The Clean Water Act source protection process is chugging ahead on schedule. All 38 Threat Assessment Reports are expected by the end of December 2010; 25 have already been submitted for MOE review and approval. All Source Protection Plans must be submitted by August 20, 2012, and could be i…View the post titled Drinking water source protection update
Home Insurance and the Pollution Exclusion
A BC court has upheld the pollution exclusion in a home insurance policy. The issue was the scope of the “pollution exclusion” clause in a policy of home insurance issued by the defendant, BCAA Insurance Corporation, to the plaintiff, Brian Corbould. Corbould sought a declaration of coverage…View the post titled Home Insurance and the Pollution Exclusion
Documents excluded after illegal seizure
Environmental investigators are not allowed to seize private documents unless they have prior judicial authorization (i.e., a search warrant) or the consent of the owner of the documents. However, this does not always stop them.View the post titled Documents excluded after illegal seizure
Permit by Rule- update
The Ministry of the Environment is racing to have its new Environmental Activity and Sector Registry up and running for at least some sectors by September 2011. The Registry will establish a new system of “permit by rule” authorizations for common air emissions, instead of certificates of ap…View the post titled Permit by Rule- update
REA status updates
As of November 9th, the MOE had received 17 applications for renewable energy approvals. Six of these have been deemed “complete” and have been posted to the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry for comments: five wind, 1 biogas. The remainder were sent back for further information, or are …View the post titled REA status updates
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