Toronto's marvellous waterfront
One of the successes of Ontario’s 40 years of environmental law and enforcement is Toronto’s marvellous waterfront. Yes, I admit that some of the gains are hard to see from land. But a few minutes’ paddle is all it takes to glory in swans and egrets, swallows and terns, cor…Continue reading the post titled Toronto's marvellous waterfront
Air Pollution: what's really there?
industries already subject to Regulation 419 have found it to be much more difficult and expensive than they expected.Continue reading the post titled Air Pollution: what's really there?
When a tree falls…
Yesterday’s crash of a heritage tree in High Park is another reminder of our need to pay more attention to the law regarding trees. Climate change greatly increases the importance of having trees in urban areas, for shade, to protect water, to provide wildlife and bird habitat and to k…Continue reading the post titled When a tree falls…
Light pollution and human health
Light pollution can disrupt melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate circadian rhythm and may be important in preventing cancers.Continue reading the post titled Light pollution and human health
What is "storage"?
A recent Alberta case casts some light on the meaning of waste “storage”. Custom Environmental Services (CESL) sorts and recycles contaminated material, including PCBs. PCB material is brought to the CESL, sorted, cleaned, perhaps processed and placed in containers. Once a truckl…Continue reading the post titled What is "storage"?
Ontario joins Western Climate Initiative
Ontario has joined the Western Climate Initiative, North America’s largest green partnership, just in time for its third major Stakeholder Workshop. Most Canadian provinces are now Partners or Observers in the WCI, with the notable exceptions of Alberta and the Atlantic provinces. In f…Continue reading the post titled Ontario joins Western Climate Initiative
More on Drugs in Drinking Water
Are tiny levels of drugs in bottled or tap water a health risk? We just don't know.Continue reading the post titled More on Drugs in Drinking Water
Berendsen wins costs too
In February, we told you about the landmark decision in Berendsen v. Ontario, a precedent-setting case holding the Ontario government liable for contamination of a dairy farm by road waste. On July 11, Berendsen’s victory became doubly sweet when Judge Seppi awarded them $655,000 in le…Continue reading the post titled Berendsen wins costs too
Strong Interest in Green Shift
A wide cross section of knowledgeable people showed strong interest this week in the Liberal proposal to start shifting federal taxes from income to carbon pollution. Representatives of business, NGOs, universities, environmental consultants and the legal bar gathered on short notice to ques…Continue reading the post titled Strong Interest in Green Shift
Ontario has pushed through a regulation that gives residents no say in the type or location of most future transit projects. Ontario regulation 231/08, which came into effect June 24, exempts virtually all transit projects from conventional environmental assessment. Instead, major transit pr…Continue reading the post titled Transit EA