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Published on: 28 Apr 2014 By

Waste Diversion Ontario and Stewardship Ontario to arbitrate

Waste diversion in Ontario is spawning an unusual amount of litigation this year. Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO), the delegated administrative authority which oversees several waste diversion programs under the Waste Diversion Act, is sending its breach of contract dispute with Stewardship On…

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Published on: 24 Apr 2014 By

Environment Ministry to loosen law for waste-based alternative fuels that displace coal

Kudos to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for finally coming to grips, at least a little, with the adverse environmental and environmental effects of labeling too many productive activities as “waste disposal”. The ministry’s proposed regulatory changes will remove t…

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Published on: 17 Apr 2014 By

Supreme Court of Canada gives Chevron permission to appeal Ecuador pollution decision

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted Chevron’s application for leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal decision allowing Ecuadorian plaintiffs to sue here to try to collect their $18 billion Ecuador pollution judgment. According to a US court, that award was based on fraud. Our …

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Published on: 8 Apr 2014 By

First “climate refugee” case going to appeal in New Zealand

On 1st May, 2014, the New Zealand Court of Appeal will hear Ioane Teitiota’s claim to become the world’s first climate refugee. Mr. Teitota is from a remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati, one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth. He is trying to convince New Zealand jud…

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Published on: 31 Mar 2014 By

Climate change: yes, it's getting worse fast and it matters

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its Summary for Policy Makers. Based on thousands of scientific studies since 2005 into the growing impacts of climate change, it concludes that key dangerous changes are already underway around the world, and will hurt the poor the mo…

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Published on: 31 Mar 2014 By

Another small step for environmental research at the Experimental Lakes Area

The long, painful process of rescuing the irreplaceable Experimental Lakes Area of fresh water environmental research has taken another small but essential step. The Ministry of the Environment has made the decision to proceed with  proposed regulations under the Environmental Protection Act…

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