Lafarge denied leave to appeal
At a time when Ontario desperately needs innovative technology to rebuild its manufacturing base and cope with climate change, any further drag on innovation may do more harm than good.Continue reading the post titled Lafarge denied leave to appeal
St. Lawrence Cement must pay millions for no-fault class-action damages
Dust they are, and unto dust they shall return, yet human beings have difficulty resigning themselves to living in dust.Continue reading the post titled St. Lawrence Cement must pay millions for no-fault class-action damages
Royal Bank CEO calls for carbon pricing
Now that the chief executives of Canada's major companies are calling for carbon pricing, can Stephen Harper be far behind?Continue reading the post titled Royal Bank CEO calls for carbon pricing
Waste tire operator goes to jail
William Lane was sentenced to 18 months in jail after accumulating 300,000 tires on property in Melbourne, Ontario.Continue reading the post titled Waste tire operator goes to jail
Are women protected by MOE environmental standards?
The proposed criteria are all based on the assumed life span of a “composite adult” of 76 years. In contrast, female life expectancy in Canada is considerably longer. The "composite" adult therefore does not seem to be sufficiently protective for women. Is this another example of the old…Continue reading the post titled Are women protected by MOE environmental standards?
How Canadian is our food?
Unless you buy direct from a farmer, how do you know which food is Canadian? Is it enough to see Canada or a maple leaf on the label?Continue reading the post titled How Canadian is our food?
Do we still believe in Acts of God?
The more foreseeable extreme floods become, the easier it will be for judges to impose liability upon municipalities and other governments. And the more government reports predict extreme events, the more judges will find them to be "foreseeable". For legal purposes, foreseeable events s…Continue reading the post titled Do we still believe in Acts of God?
Toronto pushing ahead with precedent-setting community "right to know" bylaw
The Medical Officer of Health has decided that partial information about air toxics is better than none.Continue reading the post titled Toronto pushing ahead with precedent-setting community "right to know" bylaw
Food, energy security and health
Michael Pollan has written an inspiring exploration of how the new US emphasis on energy security could revolutionize agriculture, food and health, Farmer in Chief. He calls for huge social and legal changes, reversing the decades-old American (and Canadian) policy of subsidizing cheap food …Continue reading the post titled Food, energy security and health
American election will force Canada to take action on climate change
With yesterday’s election of President-Elect Obama, Canada will now be forced to get serious about climate change. Obama has pledged to Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. In order to keep selling into the American mark…Continue reading the post titled American election will force Canada to take action on climate change