Water quality trading ebbs away again
Ever since the Newt Gingrich “Common Sense Revolution”, much ink has been spent on the alleged superiority of economic instruments over “command and control”. In theory, government cannot efficiently or effectively tell people what to do; instead, government should give people an economic …Continue reading the post titled Water quality trading ebbs away again
Hidden contamination: it wasn’t my tank!
Two Vancouver families have had an expensive nightmare due to an leaking underground storage tank.Continue reading the post titled Hidden contamination: it wasn’t my tank!
For more thoughts on the unjust aspects of Smith v. Inco, see our column in Slaw.Continue reading the post titled Retroactive injustice
And in the U.S..
Three and four decades ago, Canada was an environmental leader. Now, in many ways, we just follow the US. On climate change, in particular, the Harper government has promised to do little until the US adopts its own climate bill. It is therefore particularly disappointing that last week cong…Continue reading the post titled And in the U.S..
GHG reductions: are we getting better?
The federal government has quietly admitted that its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction efforts are having little effect. The Harper Conservatives won’t comply with the action plan portion of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, 2007 , but they do file the reports to Parliament that…Continue reading the post titled GHG reductions: are we getting better?
Congratulations to Dianne on becoming President of Windshare, Canada’s first wind energy cooperative. Together with Toronto Hydro, Windshare owns and operates the highly visible turbine at the Toronto waterfront that has done so much to build support for wind energy in Ontario. Wind en…Continue reading the post titled Windshare
Air pollution class action against the tar sands?
The successful class action by Port Colborne residents, Smith v. Inco, has opened the door to a similar class action against the tar sands. In Inco, nickel particles were emitted from the refinery for 80 years. There was no proof that Inco ever operated illegally or negligently, or failed …Continue reading the post titled Air pollution class action against the tar sands?
First, do no harm: controlled burns and sea turtles
A coalition of animal protection and conservation groups filed a lawsuit on June 30 to stop BP from conducting “controlled burns” of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico. They allege that protected and endangered sea turtles were being incinerated alive.,Continue reading the post titled First, do no harm: controlled burns and sea turtles
Limitations: why not too late to sue for contamination?
No one can count any longer on the limitation period having run for any of it.Continue reading the post titled Limitations: why not too late to sue for contamination?
Inco to pay $36 million in Port Colborne class action
Inco has been ordered to pay $36 million to past and present property owners in Port Colborne, for lost property value due to historic nickel contamination. None of the contamination occurred after 1984, and Inco complied with all applicable laws during the operation of its refinery. Nevert…Continue reading the post titled Inco to pay $36 million in Port Colborne class action