Chevron intervention: what is the “public interest”?
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has been engaged in a fierce internal debate over the Association’s decision, now revoked, to intervene in Chevron’s appeal to the Supreme Court. The Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the case are seeking to enforce a $9.5 billion judgment obtained in Ecuador for te…Continue reading the post titled Chevron intervention: what is the “public interest”?
Certificates of Property Use for contaminated sites
Certificates of Property Use and risk management measures for contaminated sitesContinue reading the post titled Certificates of Property Use for contaminated sites
Energy East Pipeline v Belugas, Part 2
The threatened white beluga whales of the St. Lawrence or high-noise pipeline work? Earlier this month we blogged about Justice Claudine Roy’s decision granting a temporary injunction to environmental groups, blocking Energy East Pipeline Ltd. and TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. from conducting e…Continue reading the post titled Energy East Pipeline v Belugas, Part 2
U.S. Pentagon: Climate Change an Immediate Security Threat
The U.S. Pentagon’s latest report, the 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, calls climate change an immediate threat to national security. The forward, by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, sets the tone: “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea le…Continue reading the post titled U.S. Pentagon: Climate Change an Immediate Security Threat
Appeal Court Rejects Pollution Exclusion in Oil Overflow
In O’Byrne et al. v. Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company (Lindsay), 2014 ONCA 543, the Ontario Court of Appeal has forced an insurer to pay for a fuel oil cleanup after a spill, despite a pollution exclusion clause. The case involved an “all risks” insurance policy. A tenant inserted a piece o…Continue reading the post titled Appeal Court Rejects Pollution Exclusion in Oil Overflow
Tribunal indecisiveness causes backlogs, increased costs
The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (OHRT) recently refused to dismiss an employee’s human rights complaint against McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited (MRCL) of discrimination based on family status and marital status. MRCL is the franchisor of the McDonald’s restaurant system in Canada.…Continue reading the post titled Tribunal indecisiveness causes backlogs, increased costs
Fossil fuel divestment catching on?
Is the tide turning on fossil fuel divestment? Climate Week featured promises, by some big mainstream investors, to start divesting from fossil fuels. Notable announcements included the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which was built on the Standard Oil fortune. Europe has more than nine fossil f…Continue reading the post titled Fossil fuel divestment catching on?
Quebec Court Recognizes Precautionary Principle for Belugas
Quebec Superior Court Justice Claudine Roy granted a temporary injunction on September 23, 2014, stopping Energy East Pipeline Ltd. and TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. from conducting exploratory work in the St. Lawrence River near Cacouna, QC until October 15, after a critical period for beluga …Continue reading the post titled Quebec Court Recognizes Precautionary Principle for Belugas
Powerful reports by environmental commissioners
Congratulations to both the federal and provincial environmental commissioners, who continue to strenuously remind our governments how far they fall short on environmental stewardship, and who both issued powerful reports this week. Bees, Algonquin Park, “Chemical Alley”, urban s…Continue reading the post titled Powerful reports by environmental commissioners
Can municipal bylaw stop Hydro One Transformer Station?
Can the Municipality of Clarington, Ontario, by bylaw, force Hydro One to submit a groundwater study in order to build a $296 million transformer station, that has been directed to be built by the Ontario Power Authority, and approved by the Ministry of the Environment?Continue reading the post titled Can municipal bylaw stop Hydro One Transformer Station?