Federal government updates enforcement tools
The federal Minister of the Environment today introduced extensive amendments to nine federal environmental laws to increase fines and expand enforcement tools. Some of the changes are significant improvements. For example, all federal environmental fines will now be paid into the Environme…View the post titled Federal government updates enforcement tools
Québec activist wins pollution battle against City
Environmentalist Guy Drouin has won a long and lonely battle against sewage pollution by the City of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.View the post titled Québec activist wins pollution battle against City
Sansone and 310 Waste win new trial
In one of the biggest environmental cases of 2007/8, huge fines and jail sentences were imposed on the former owners and operators of a waste transfer site on Keele Street, in Vaughan. The site caught fire in 2004, creating a huge plume of choking smoke and enormous political heat. Toda…View the post titled Sansone and 310 Waste win new trial
More trouble with environmental experts
In 1996, there was a devastating flood in part of the City of Ottawa. A number of residents sued the City, alleging that its storm water drainage system was inadequate. The City retained Robert Bishop of MMM as its expert witness. Bishop reported that the drainage system in the area met all…View the post titled More trouble with environmental experts
Quick approvals for green energy projects
Ontario has decided that it is more important to get green projects built than it is to have better environmental assessments of them.View the post titled Quick approvals for green energy projects
Renewable energy cooperatives
Bill 150 includes a a series of amendments to the Co-operative Corporations Act to encourage communities to set up renewable energy cooperatives. Cooperatives are a special sort of organizations structured for mutual benefit, with many advantages for community groups over conventional corpor…View the post titled Renewable energy cooperatives
Navigable waters protection ebbing away?
The federal government has proposed a little noticed amendment to the Navigable Waters Protection Act that could seriously erode public access to Canadian waterways. Ever since Canada was first settled, anyone in a canoe has had a right to paddle rivers, lakes and streams with enough water t…View the post titled Navigable waters protection ebbing away?
Trouble with environmental experts
In environmental law, expert witnesses that are too eager to please can destroy themselves and their client.View the post titled Trouble with environmental experts
Bill 150, Green Energy and Green Economy Act
The Green Energy Act will allow the province to require vendors of real estate to provide energy efficiency information, possibly an energy audit.View the post titled Bill 150, Green Energy and Green Economy Act
What's next for Brownfields?
The Ministry of the Environment is continuing its lengthy consultations on proposed amendments to Reg. 153/04, the brownfields regulation. Reflecting the huge economic impact of the proposed changes, the MOE received dozens of comments by the February 10 deadline. This week, the MOE emphasiz…View the post titled What's next for Brownfields?
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