Wind appeals starting to settle?
Now that the Divisional Court has upheld Ontario’s renewable energy approval process, and the decisions of the Environmental Review Tribunal on concerns about adverse health effects, wind appeals are starting to settle. The Tribunal has heard appeal after appeal against renewable energ…Continue reading the post titled Wind appeals starting to settle?
Kawartha oil spill cost recovery litigation drags on
City of Kawartha Lakes taxpayers continue to pay heavily for the Ministry of the Environment’s 2009 order, which required the City to cleanup an oil spill that it did not cause. While everyone agreed that the City was an innocent victim of the spill, the Ministry saddled the City with $471,6…Continue reading the post titled Kawartha oil spill cost recovery litigation drags on
Another court refuses to impose minimum environmental fines
I’m glad to see the courts making more use of s. 59(2) to offset the unreasonable harshness that the minimum environmental fine regime can create.Continue reading the post titled Another court refuses to impose minimum environmental fines
Planning for drought and drinking water in Ontario
Climate change is worsening flooding but it will also bring faster spring runoffs, hotter summers, more evaporation and droughts. What will that mean for Ontario’s drinking water supply? Source water protection committees are trying to plan ahead. According to the Minister of Environme…Continue reading the post titled Planning for drought and drinking water in Ontario
Peter Dillon speaks with Advocate Daily
Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon recently spoke with Advocate Daily on why a recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal case illustrates how courts and tribunals can get bogged down because of their failure to utilize summary procedures. Click here to view the full interview.Continue reading the post titled Peter Dillon speaks with Advocate Daily
Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeals
The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has rejected two more anti-wind appeals, Cham Shan Temple v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (13-140) and County of Lambton v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (14-065). Citing the Divisional Court decisions in Dixon v Director, the Tribun…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeals
Ontario’s Climate Change Consultations
We recently blogged about Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015. The paper reveals the province’s current thinking on climate change policy options and seeks public input on the following specific questions: 1. How can Ontario better support scientific research to advance future tec…Continue reading the post titled Ontario’s Climate Change Consultations
Litigation Perils: Winning the battle, but losing the war!
Litigation is expensive, time-consuming, unpleasant and risky for everyone involved. Outcomes are hard to predict, as too are the fees and time that parties will spend either pursuing or defending a claim. Let’s not even talk about the potential reputational damage if litigation becomes publ…Continue reading the post titled Litigation Perils: Winning the battle, but losing the war!
Hazardous waste carrier fined $120,000 + $30,000 VFS
Buckham Transport Limited, a registered carrier of hazardous waste, was recently fined $120,000 following a guilty plea to three offences under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA): Providing false or misleading information to a Provincial Officer; Failing to transport waste to the receivi…Continue reading the post titled Hazardous waste carrier fined $120,000 + $30,000 VFS
Great Lakes Protection Act reintroduced (again)
As promised in Minister Murray’s mandate letter, Ontario’s provincial government has reintroduced the Great Lakes Protection Act. If passed, the Act would: Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal blooms, and protect wetlands and other coastal areas. Monitor and report on…Continue reading the post titled Great Lakes Protection Act reintroduced (again)