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
Keeping drugs out of our drinking water – an update
Leftover drugs should never be flushed down toilets or discarded with regular garbage. Consumers should return unused drugs to their pharmacies for incineration.Continue reading the post titled Keeping drugs out of our drinking water – an update
Why does so much filth pour out of Toronto sewer outfalls? Hundreds of the outfalls, which should only carry rainwater and perhaps noncontact cooling water, run even in dry weather. Toronto’s water department has identified 53 priority outfalls, places where the “water” p…Continue reading the post titled Stormwater surprise
Climate change, KPIA and the rule of law
When abroad, I have often bragged about Canada’s legal system, how competent and respected are our courts and how no one is above the law. But this boast has taken a blow in the area of climate change and the Kyoto Protocol.Continue reading the post titled Climate change, KPIA and the rule of law
More Olympic nuisance lawsuits
Olympic nuisance claims have now spread past transit. Last year, Susan Heyes was awarded $600,000 for the disruption she suffered during construction of the Canada Line. (The decision is under appeal.) Other businesses in the area have launched a class action seeking similar redress. Now Mar…Continue reading the post titled More Olympic nuisance lawsuits