Should government get away with defying the law?
I don’t think so. See my column in today’s SLAW, (Canada’s top legal blog) on the Federal Court of Appeal’s weak and unwise decision on the federal government’s defiance of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act. The Supreme Court of Canada refused leave to appe…View the post titled Should government get away with defying the law?
Factory farms- who controls the pollution?
Who is responsible for pollution from contract farms: the family farm, or the multi-national food company who controls everything that they do? A US case has set an important precedent on the liability of the food companies. In Assateague Coastkeeper v Hudson et al, an environmental group su…View the post titled Factory farms- who controls the pollution?
Water Opportunities and Conservation Act?
Bill 72, the Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act, 2010, passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature on September 23. It was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government, which will hold public hearings in Toronto on October 18 and 20. Important dates:View the post titled Water Opportunities and Conservation Act?
Gulf Spill: the end of the beginning
It will take many years to understand the total impact of this spill, the largest man-made environmental catastrophe in US history.View the post titled Gulf Spill: the end of the beginning
On August 20, 2010, Compost Niagara Inc. was fined a total of $42,000 for five violations under the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act. The charges relate to their failure to comply with their waste and sewage works certificates of approval, and to altering a s…View the post titled Compost fines
Have an opinion on Ontario's energy future?
Ontario is asking for the public’s input on its long-term energy plan. The Ministry of Energy has posted a 10-question survey to gather feedback on a 20-year supply plan. The key issue is how to balance short-term cost increases with long-term improvements in, for example, a smarter grid an…View the post titled Have an opinion on Ontario's energy future?
Lab fined for late notice
On August 26, 2010, ALS Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty to one violation under the Safe Drinking Water Act for failing to immediately notify the Ministry of the Environment, as well as the Medical Officer of Health, of adverse drinking water test results in a sample that had analyzed.View the post titled Lab fined for late notice
Redefining conservation, or waste and duplication?
Redefining Conservation is the Ontario Environmental Commissioner’s annual report for 2009/ 2010. The report is full of good advice on the usual themes, including the chronic shortage of resources for environmental protection, the many ways that our land use planning fails to protect h…View the post titled Redefining conservation, or waste and duplication?
Plans, if not action on endangered species
At the same time that Ontario is pushing ahead to build the Windsor Essex highway through the habitat of several endangered species, the Ministry of Natural Resources is “initiating the development of a government response statement” concerning the proposed recovery strategies for some…View the post titled Plans, if not action on endangered species
Ozone depleting substances update
The MOE is proposing to consolidate Ontario’s five ozone depleting substances regulations under the Environmental Protection Act, into one updated regulation.View the post titled Ozone depleting substances update
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