Sustainable events – real or greenwashing?
Canadian pride in our “green Olympics” is about to be translated into a standard for sustainable events: Z2010. The Canadian Standards Association worked unofficially with VANOC’s Corporate Sustainability Office to develop the standard in record time, and to learn from its …Continue reading the post titled Sustainable events – real or greenwashing?
Environmental Assessment: Worth the cost?
The main finding of this study is that the lengthy time frames and higher costs to comply with the Municipal Class EA process are not providing additional environmental or other benefits.Continue reading the post titled Environmental Assessment: Worth the cost?
Renewable energy guidance
Need a renewable energy approval under the Environmental Protection Act for a wind, solar or biomass project? Six new draft technical guidance documents have been released for three months’ public comment, to May 30, 2010. See EBR Registry Number 010-9235. Applicants should follow the…Continue reading the post titled Renewable energy guidance
Approvals Reform gets closer
For most businesses that need new or amended approvals, these changes probably cannot come quickly enough. But the transition period could be painful.Continue reading the post titled Approvals Reform gets closer
Expert witnesses: preparation
How do lawyers use Expert Witnesses in Environmental Litigation? Here’s an outline from one of Dianne’s seminars:Continue reading the post titled Expert witnesses: preparation
Financial assurance: what counts?
Detox appealed the Ministry demand for $100,000 in financial assurance for transportation accidents relating to PCBs. As Detox pointed out, it holds $5 million of vehicle insurance, to cover precisely the same sort of accidents, and the MOE's amount, $100,000, was almost certainly inadequ…Continue reading the post titled Financial assurance: what counts?
Drinking water safety: Worried yet about 2013?
Anyone elected to municipal council this fall, October 25, 2010, will still be in office on January 1, 2013, when section 19 of the Safe Drinking Water Act comes into effect. This is the unprecedented duty of care that requires municipal councillors and staff to “act honestly, competen…Continue reading the post titled Drinking water safety: Worried yet about 2013?
False or misleading Records of site condition
Is a site really clean? Can you trust a Record of Site Condition? We keep finding examples of why the Ministry of the Environment had to tighten the obligations of Qualified Persons in Regulation 153/04, the regulation that governs contaminated sites. The regulation requires a Qualified Pers…Continue reading the post titled False or misleading Records of site condition
Building codes, waterless urinals and rooftop solar
Ontario has finally adopted the regulation that it promised last May, to prevent building codes and 23 other types of rules from blocking geothermal and rooftop solar projects.Continue reading the post titled Building codes, waterless urinals and rooftop solar
Olympic overhang- transit class action
Governments across the country have already passed laws blocking lawsuits in nuisance against municipalities for sewer and water overflows; it is time to expand those laws to cover the construction of transit.Continue reading the post titled Olympic overhang- transit class action