Federal environmental assessment shrinks
Eliminating federal EA makes it less likely that cumulative impacts will be evaluated, such as climate change.Continue reading the post titled Federal environmental assessment shrinks
Transit class action, EA and the St. Clair Streetcar
Curactive Organic Skin Care is starting a class action over the St. Clair streetcar. It wants to sue the Ontario government, Toronto and the TTC for $105 million in damages. Curactive says hundreds of small businesses lost money, due to delays in transit construction, and to changes in the d…Continue reading the post titled Transit class action, EA and the St. Clair Streetcar
Oil sands tailing wastes and dead ducks
In Alberta provincial court, Syncrude is on trial for the death of 1600 migratory ducks, who were unable to escape from its oil sands tailing ponds in 2008. Federal and provincial governments allow Syncrude to create the giant, deadly ponds, as long as they take reasonable care to frighten t…Continue reading the post titled Oil sands tailing wastes and dead ducks
Peak oil: Who worries?
A surprising variety of knowledgeable people are worrying about peak oil: Petrobras, for example, the Brazilian state oil company. The International Energy Agency. Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. The City of Bloomington, Indiana. The chairperson of Total Oil. Will peak oil …Continue reading the post titled Peak oil: Who worries?
Ontario Budget 2010
How did the environment do? Dalton McGuinty may be Ontario’s greenest premier, but there are some understandable disappointments for the environment in yesterday’s hard times Budget 2010. There is an environmental section to the budget, although (given the yawning deficit) it doe…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Budget 2010
Big climate win for Harper
Harper gambled that he could break both domestic and international law and get away with it, and he was right.Continue reading the post titled Big climate win for Harper
Want to find a certificate of approval?
It’s a new era of transparency: Every recent air and waste certificate of approval in Ontario is now available on line. Check out your neighbours, your competitors, yourselves- we no longer have an excuse not to know.Continue reading the post titled Want to find a certificate of approval?
Kyoto Protocol Implementation decision tomorrow
On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada will decide Friends of the Earth’s application for leave to appeal. In 2006, FOE asked the Federal Court of Canada to order the Harper government to comply with a valid Canadian statute on managing climate change, the Kyoto Protocol Implementati…Continue reading the post titled Kyoto Protocol Implementation decision tomorrow
Does law have to be so dysfunctional?
It's a debate worth having - have we allowed the role of litigation and courts to expand too much, in environmental and other fields? And if so, what should we do about it?Continue reading the post titled Does law have to be so dysfunctional?
Designing a holdback clause
Real estate transactions often include holdbacks to deal with environmental issues. Unfortunately, the holdback clauses are often poorly worded, which can lead to unnecessary disputes. A recent case in the Ontario Superior Court illustrates the problem:Continue reading the post titled Designing a holdback clause