Imposing liability on the innocent bad news for economy
Current Ministry of the Environment efforts to impose environmental cleanup liability on the innocent are bad news for the Ontario economy, according to an Expert Report by noted economist Sherry Cooper. They are also harmful to the social contract and the rule of law, according to Dianne…Continue reading the post titled Imposing liability on the innocent bad news for economy
Why Do You Call a Lawyer?
In this entry on Work In Progress Beth Traynor shares an article she read recently that answers the question, “What is it that lawyers sell?”. When clients call me, they sometimes joke that, although I might be personally pleasant to talk to, it’s still a bit like going to the dentist – you …Continue reading the post titled Why Do You Call a Lawyer?
What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?
People who actually live with and host wind turbines on their properties are rarely heard in the emotional debate on wind farms and health. Australian filmmaker and researcher Neil Barrett is giving this critical group a voice in his excellent short film, The way the wind blows. Evidence aro…Continue reading the post titled What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?
Approvals Reform to tackle Brownfields/ Surplus soil issues
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has announced another round of consultations on Modernization of Approvals. This time, they say, they will tackle the high stakes problems of surplus soil movements and contaminated sites. See presentation, Brownfields Modernization.Continue reading the post titled Approvals Reform to tackle Brownfields/ Surplus soil issues
Ministry of Transport pays $250,000 for Fisheries Act charges
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has plead guilty to two charges under the old federal Fisheries Act, and has agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty. The charges were laid by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and relate to sediment released from a Highway 11 construction project near B…Continue reading the post titled Ministry of Transport pays $250,000 for Fisheries Act charges
Ontario Power Generation Intends to Double Size of Radioactive Waste Burial on Lake Huron.
The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and a consortium of environmental groups has requested that the Federal Joint Review Panel suspend hearings assessing the Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) radioactive waste dump proposal until the company clarifies its stance on the status of…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Power Generation Intends to Double Size of Radioactive Waste Burial on Lake Huron.
Sage Grouse to be protected by Emergency Protection Order, later
Following a recent loss in the Federal Court of Appeal, Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq announced earlier this week that the federal government will (later) introduce an Emergency Protection Order for the Greater Sage-Grouse, or at least for those of this rapidly declining species…Continue reading the post titled Sage Grouse to be protected by Emergency Protection Order, later
New guidance on a tough issue: Aboriginal Consultation and Renewable Energy
Ontario’s “Aboriginal Consultation Guide for Preparing a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) Application” which provides guidance and direction on the Aboriginal consultation requirements for renewable energy projects under Ontario Regulation 359/09 under the Environmental Protection Act w…Continue reading the post titled New guidance on a tough issue: Aboriginal Consultation and Renewable Energy
Where are the public agency energy consumption baseline reports?
On January 1st, 2012 the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans Regulation (O.Reg. 397/11) came into effect. By now, all Ontario public agencies are required to have prepared and published a summary of their 2011 energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions: On or before July 1, …Continue reading the post titled Where are the public agency energy consumption baseline reports?
One less hazardous waste in Ontario: automotive aluminum sludge delisted
The line between “hazardous” and “non-hazardous” waste is often drawn in a somewhat arbitrary way, sometimes for historical reasons. Occasionally, it is possible to persuade the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to readjust the line. Canadian automotive manufacturer…Continue reading the post titled One less hazardous waste in Ontario: automotive aluminum sludge delisted