Green licence plates?
My Civic Hybrid was delighted to hear that the province is now promising to develop special plates and privileges for fuel efficient cars. Next year, my hybrid should be sporting a new Ontario Eco-licence plate. According to yesterday’s announcement, the Ontario government will consult with …Continue reading the post titled Green licence plates?
The Burnaby oil spill
The huge Burnaby oil spill will lead to fascinating and potentially important legal proceedings over the next few years. While we don’t yet know why the excavator didn’t know it was about to dig into a pipeline, likely cases include: • a Fisheries Act prosecution against one or more parties …Continue reading the post titled The Burnaby oil spill
The clothesline debate 3
One reader has asked us: can municipalities prevent developers from putting clothesline restrictions in new subdivisions? Yes, they can. Section 51 of the Ontario Planning Act provides: 51 (17) The applicant shall provide the approval authority with the prescribed information showing, ……Continue reading the post titled The clothesline debate 3
The clothesline debate 2
We’ve had a wonderful response to our article about clotheslines and Ontario’s failure to use its Energy Conservation Leadership Act to wipe out clothesline restrictions in subdivision covenants and condo bylaws. (See July 12). We’ve been interviewed by CP and CTV, as well as reporters from …Continue reading the post titled The clothesline debate 2
Clotheslines- the right to dryHe
Clothes dryers are the third largest energy consuming appliance in the average home, after refrigerators and stoves. What could be a simpler way to conserve energy than hanging your clothes outside?Unfortunately, using the sun and the wind to dry clothes is illegal in many subdivisions, due …Continue reading the post titled Clotheslines- the right to dryHe
Popular Culture and Climate Change
You know social change is happening when popular culture is well ahead of the politicians. This weekend, we had examples at all scales. Millions worldwide watched Live Earth, many taking pledges to reform their energy consumption. In Toronto, one of the hits of the Fringe Festival is The Inc…Continue reading the post titled Popular Culture and Climate Change
NTREE adds economic facts to the fire
The federal government’s Clean Air Agenda has received another blow with the release of the Interim Report of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy. This eminent multi-stakeholder group, one member of which has just been nominated for a Nobel Prize, was asked for R…Continue reading the post titled NTREE adds economic facts to the fire
Making money from climate change
One of the fascinating things about last week’s EECO conference was that no one was there to debate the terrifying science of climate change. Everyone at the leading edge has moved on to economics: who will make money from climate change, and how? Public and institutional interest in the iss…Continue reading the post titled Making money from climate change
If You Love Our Children Productions has released its second documentary on children’s health and the environment, Toxic Trespass. The film explores frightening links between pollution and childhood cancer, focusing on high rates of illness in Windsor and in the Aamjiwnaang First Natio…Continue reading the post titled Toxic Trespass
A nuisance law suit?
Here’s our recent letter about the climate change lawsuit launched by Friends of the Earth and Sierra Legal on May 28, 2007: The Editor Globe and Mail Dear Sir/ Madam, Re: An Open Mind for the G8 date” (Editorial, May 30, 2007) Your editorial “An Open Mind for the G8 date” …Continue reading the post titled A nuisance law suit?