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Published on: 22 Jan 2016 By

Methane catastrophe in California: implications for cap and trade

Southern California is, at this very moment, in the throes of what is potentially the most prolific gas leak to have ever occurred. The disaster–a methane leak at a natural gas storage facility in Porter Ranch, California–has yet to galvanize the kind of media and popular attenti…

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Published on: 21 Jan 2016 By

Northern Gateway Pipeline requires provincial environmental approval

A BC court has declared that an agreement (Agreement) between the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and the National Energy Board is invalid to the extent it purported to remove the need for an environmental assessment approval under BC’s Environmental Assessment Act (EAA). Th…

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Published on: 19 Jan 2016 By

Cement Manufacturer fined $200,000 for dust discharge

Following a guilty plea in December 2015, Essroc Canada Inc., a cement manufacturer, based in Picton Bay, Ontario, was fined a total of $200,000 plus the 25% victim fine surcharge (an additional $50,000). This was for causing a discharge of dust into the natural environment and for failing t…

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Published on: 15 Jan 2016 By

Dillon to discuss caselaw, legislation at franchise law program

Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon will present a roundup of legislation and 2015 caselaw at the upcoming ‘Practitioner Sessions on Franchise Law’ program, hosted by The Commons Institute. On Feb. 8, Dillon, partner with Siskinds LLP, will present a 30-minute module at the event, scheduled for 2 …

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Published on: 31 Dec 2015 By

Expert Panel on Land Use Planning: mainstream climate change

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released Planning for Health, Prosperity, and Growth as part of its co-ordinated review of land use plans in Ontario. The report provided a total of 87 recommendations about building communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe…

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