Can a landlord be sued for historical contamination potentially caused by its tenant?
A recent decision on a summary judgement motion underscores the difficulty inherent in suing a landlord for contamination caused by its tenant. In Sorban Investments Ltd v Litwack, 2017 ONSC 706, several Defendants successfully brought a motion for summary judgement dismissing the plaintiff’…Continue reading the post titled Can a landlord be sued for historical contamination potentially caused by its tenant?
Des Moines Water Works sues County for Agricultural Runoff
The Storm Lake Times, a small family-run Iowa newspaper, won a 2017 Pulitzer Price award for its coverage of issues associated with farm pollution from local agricultural companies and the failure of the County to control the agricultural runoff in the area. The Storm Lake Times covered how …Continue reading the post titled Des Moines Water Works sues County for Agricultural Runoff
Snapping Turtle Hunt Banned in Ontario
The Ontario government has announced amendments to the Hunting Regulation (O Reg 665/98, made under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997) that will, among other changes, prohibit the hunting of snapping turtles in the province. In its original posting to the Environmental Registry (t…Continue reading the post titled Snapping Turtle Hunt Banned in Ontario
Ontario’s First Cap and Trade Program Auction
On April 3, 2017 Ontario announced the results of its first auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances (GHG Auction) that was held March 22, 2017. The cap and trade program has a market cycle consisting of compliance periods. In each compliance period there are emission allowance distrib…Continue reading the post titled Ontario’s First Cap and Trade Program Auction
Will Canada meet its greenhouse gas emissions target?
Environment Canada has recently announced that its current projections indicate that by 2030, Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions will exceed the established federal target by at least 30 per cent. Canada’s target is to cut emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. This target…Continue reading the post titled Will Canada meet its greenhouse gas emissions target?
Canada rejoins the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
On March 21, 2017, Canada officially once again become a party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (“UNCCD”). The UNCCD was established in 1994 to address the problems arising from the increasing arid areas of the world, where many of the world’s poorest and most vulne…Continue reading the post titled Canada rejoins the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
The Problem of Too Much Soil and Dirty Fill
At the end of December, 2016, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) in Ontario released its Excess Soil Policy Framework. The problem of excess soil is not a small one, and it has been gaining more attention, particularly as big cities seek to intensify, creating vast quan…Continue reading the post titled The Problem of Too Much Soil and Dirty Fill
$120,000 Fine for Ontario Water Resources Act Violations
Aecon Construction and Materials Limited (“Aecon”) is in the business of constructing complex highway infrastructure, airfields projects, residential and commercial developments, landfills, and bridges in addition to other large infrastructure projects. On February 8, 2017 Aecon pled guilty…Continue reading the post titled $120,000 Fine for Ontario Water Resources Act Violations
Large fine for smuggling items made of endangered species
Environment Canada has issued a $75,000 fine to a woman who pled guilty to two counts of violating the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). The WAPPRIITA, which is a regulation made under the Wild Animal and Plant Protect…Continue reading the post titled Large fine for smuggling items made of endangered species
Another Migratory Bird Convention Act Conviction for Harm to Bank Swallows
On February 9, 2017, a construction company pled guilty to offences under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (“MBCA”) for the destruction of Bank Swallow eggs, nests and nest shelters. This resulted in fines of $7,500 to be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund. Enforcement office…Continue reading the post titled Another Migratory Bird Convention Act Conviction for Harm to Bank Swallows