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?
Ontario Targets for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Ontario government has released its Climate Change Update 2014 to coincide with Climate Week that was held in New York City from September 21-28. Climate Week involved mass gatherings to demonstrate the public demand for action on climate change, as well as roundtables highlighting the l…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Targets for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Ontario Anti-SLAPP law soon after all?
Yesterday, we noted that Environment Minister Glen Murray’s mandate letter includes no reference to a new anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation) law: https://www.siskinds.com/environment-minister-murrays-mandate-letter/, even though SLAPPs are often directed again…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Anti-SLAPP law soon after all?
Environment Minister Murray's mandate letter
Every Cabinet minister gets his or her marching orders from the Premier or Prime Minister. These “mandates” used to be top secret, but Ontario now makes them public. Here is the mandate letter for the new Minister of Environment and Climate Change, with our emphasis added. On env…Continue reading the post titled Environment Minister Murray's mandate letter
Employer’s Obligation to Accommodate Employee Does Not Extend to Requiring Other Employees to Suffer a Significant Reduction in Pay
For many employers, particularly those in unionized settings, finding appropriate work for employees requiring medical accommodation can be challenging. This is particularly the case where a position that may address an employee’s accommodation needs is occupied by another employee. However,…Continue reading the post titled Employer’s Obligation to Accommodate Employee Does Not Extend to Requiring Other Employees to Suffer a Significant Reduction in Pay
Port Authority biased in approving coal port?
This month, Ecojustice filed an application for judicial review of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s decision to permit a coal transfer facility. They claim that the Port Authority failed to consider some environmental effects, including climate change, and that the decision of the…Continue reading the post titled Port Authority biased in approving coal port?
Urban Forests Across Canada Valued at $51B
TD Bank issued a report on September 24, 2014, providing an economic valuation of urban forests in the greater Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver areas, estimating that these forests contain more than 100 million trees which carry an estimated worth of $51 billion (Halifax: $11.5B; Montreal: $4…Continue reading the post titled Urban Forests Across Canada Valued at $51B
Herbicide Spray Drift a “Normal” Farm Practice?
Organic farmers in Nova Scotia filed a lawsuit against a neighbouring farm for damages allegedly caused by a herbicide which drifted onto their property. In particular, the plaintiffs claimed that the herbicide caused damage to their crops, the miscarriage of four horses, and personal injury…Continue reading the post titled Herbicide Spray Drift a “Normal” Farm Practice?
Can the threat of personal liability stop fluoridation?
Opponents of fluoridation have started to threaten councillors with personal liability for fluoridated water, in the hope of changing municipal policy on water treatment. The province created this problem, and they should fix it.Continue reading the post titled Can the threat of personal liability stop fluoridation?