Who makes environmental policy?
The Ivey Foundation’s five-year review of its program to conserve Canada’s forests is an excellent example of how foundations and nongovernmental organizations can successfully influence government environmental policy. It’s well written and a fascinating look at the forces…Continue reading the post titled Who makes environmental policy?
More problems with reliance letters
Clients typically overestimate the protection that a reliance letter gives them.Continue reading the post titled More problems with reliance letters
My neighbour cut down my tree: can I sue?
My neighbour came onto my property and cut down my tree. Can I sue?Continue reading the post titled My neighbour cut down my tree: can I sue?
Excess material or waste?
The Ministry of the Environment has tried and failed to introduce a rational excess materials policy. In its absence, the province has established two main benchmarks for excavation fill, but they do not match.Continue reading the post titled Excess material or waste?
Everyone wants to be a climate change lawyer
Before you can sell something you have to understand it, create it, and have it recognized, and that’s where the environmental lawyers fit in.Continue reading the post titled Everyone wants to be a climate change lawyer
Christie pits, pesticides, and the public interest
I find it astounding that striking garbage workers are going to such lengths to block municipal attempts to comply with the orders of the medical officer of health to control pests at temporary garbage dumps.Continue reading the post titled Christie pits, pesticides, and the public interest
Biomass and the Green Energy Act
Renewable energy approvals will be much more demanding for the MOE (and the Environmental Review Tribunal) than anything they do now.Continue reading the post titled Biomass and the Green Energy Act
US climate rules, California and Ontario's cap and trade plan
Canada has done so little for so long that our climate policy has laid us wide open to serious protectionist provisions in the 1500 page ACES, HR 2454.Continue reading the post titled US climate rules, California and Ontario's cap and trade plan
Renewable energy approvals proposal- changes needed
The proposed mandatory setbacks for wind turbines will block a high percentage of planned wind projects, and especially those close to load. This will increase the need for long-distance transmission lines, which have significant environmental footprints.Continue reading the post titled Renewable energy approvals proposal- changes needed
US- Great leap forward on climate change
In the last few days, the US government has taken two of the critical steps towards serious action on climate change that the Bush administration fought off for eight years.Continue reading the post titled US- Great leap forward on climate change