Suing negligent engineers
A surprisingly large part of my practice involves suing engineers and other environmental consultants for their negligence and breach of contract relating to contaminated sites.Continue reading the post titled Suing negligent engineers
Thoughts about sampling
Accurate sampling, or the lack of it, is a frequent pitfall in environmental litigation.Continue reading the post titled Thoughts about sampling
The nuclear debate
Increasing public acceptance of the urgency of climate change is refocusing the nuclear debate.Continue reading the post titled The nuclear debate
What's New in Canadian environmental laws?
In keeping with the differing priorities of our federal and provincial governments, there have been far fewer changes in Canadian environmental laws in the past year, than in Ontario laws. The biggest federal changes have been increases in potential penalties and enforcement powers, especi…Continue reading the post titled What's New in Canadian environmental laws?
An introduction to smog
Air pollution causes 5,900 deaths each year in eight Canadian cities alone.Continue reading the post titled An introduction to smog
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