Approval process a "vortex of misery"
Debly sued the Ministry of the Environment for $2,322,907.91, for regulatory negligence, negligent investigation, and misrepresentation.
Anyone who has languished in "Approvals hell" may feel a glimmer of sympathy for the Debly family.
Conservation easement upheld
Gottsegen bought waterfront property, subject to a conservation easement to protect a 3 m wooded area at the water's edge. The easement had a built-in penalty for breach, of $100 per day. Gottsegen cut many of the trees and built a retaining wall; the neighbourhood Association sued.Continue reading the post titled Conservation easement upheld
Green energy and condominiums
Should the Condominium Act be amended to encourage developers to include green energy and energy conservation in condominium projects? This was the subject of a fascinating and passionate exchange between members of the Ontario Bar Association’s Real Property Section, which some of you…Continue reading the post titled Green energy and condominiums
Jail for white collar environmental crimes
Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. has been fined $8 million for environmental and health and safety offences. Four of its senior managers have been sent to jail. Could it happen in Canada?Continue reading the post titled Jail for white collar environmental crimes
New rules for mining in Ontario
The Minister of Northern Development and Mines has introduced Bill 173, a substantial set of amendments to the Mining Act. The amendments are intended to: improve notice to, and consultation with, aboriginal communities and surface rights owners; prevent mining claims from being staked on la…Continue reading the post titled New rules for mining in Ontario
IPCC: Climate and disaster management
The thirtieth meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has wrapped up in Turkey. The IPCC is a world-wide group, established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and UN Environment Programme, to assess scientific, technical and socioeconomic information rel…Continue reading the post titled IPCC: Climate and disaster management
Approvals backlog drops
This week, the Ontario Environmental Industry Association released a report on the severe economic damage Ontario suffers from red tape and delays relating to environmental approvals. In response, the Ontario Ministry of Environment proudly announced that their approvals backlog has dropped …Continue reading the post titled Approvals backlog drops
Green Energy Act finishes clause by clause review
The Legislative Committee on General Government finished its clause by clause review of Bill 150 today. To no one’s surprise, all 52 pages of the government amendments were adopted. The Bill now goes back to the floor of the Legislature for third reading, as amended. Draft regulations…Continue reading the post titled Green Energy Act finishes clause by clause review
Text of GEA amendments
Here are 52 pages of the Government’s Amendments to Bill 150, the Green Energy and Green Economy Act. Opposition amendments were proposed but not passed. In addition to amendments highlighted in the minister’s announcement (see April 25 blog), significant amendments include: e…Continue reading the post titled Text of GEA amendments
Interesting statistics on brownfields
According to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, a significant number of Records of Site Condition has been posted to the Brownfields Environmental Site Registry since October 1 2004, when regulation 513/04 came into effect. As of early this month, a total of 1747 RSCs had been filed.…Continue reading the post titled Interesting statistics on brownfields