Climate change: How strong is the evidence?
Is climate change science “real science”? Can climate change experts give expert evidence in court? Canadian courts have not yet wrestled with this issue, but American courts have. The leading case is Green Mountain Chrysler v. Crombie. In 2007, the auto industry tried to prevent…Continue reading the post titled Climate change: How strong is the evidence?
Hungarian sludge spill and our tailings ponds
The Hungarian sludge spill disaster is just another reminder of the large scale havoc and devastation that industrial sludge impoundments can create. Every few years we read about another one. On April 25, 1998, a tailings dam failure of the Los Frailes lead-zinc mine at Aznalcóllar near Sev…Continue reading the post titled Hungarian sludge spill and our tailings ponds
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…Continue reading 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…Continue reading the post titled Factory farms- who controls the pollution?
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…Continue reading 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…Continue reading 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.Continue reading 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…Continue reading the post titled Redefining conservation, or waste and duplication?
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.Continue reading the post titled Ozone depleting substances update
No, the Endangered Species Act has no teeth
By the time the government's plan can be proven not to work, the highway will be built, and the irreplaceable habitat (and perhaps the entire endangered species) will be gone.Continue reading the post titled No, the Endangered Species Act has no teeth