Misunderstood "best by" labels waste food and energy
According to a recent Harvard study, The Dating Game, badly regulated and poorly understood food labelling contributes to an enormous, avoidable waste of food, and associated energy and emissions.Continue reading the post titled Misunderstood "best by" labels waste food and energy
More details on the new NPC 300 noise guideline
Ontario’s updated Noise Guideline, NPC 300, mentioned in yesterday’s post, is not identical to the draft posted for comments in 2010. For example, there will be no Class 5 areas. The Ministry of the Environment describes the changes from the original draft as follows:Continue reading the post titled More details on the new NPC 300 noise guideline
Good news: updated Ontario noise guideline
After three years of consideration, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment has adopted a more up-to-date guideline for assessing noise impacts. “Environmental Noise Guideline Stationary and Transportation Sources – Approval and Planning, Publication NPC-300” is now in force. See NPC 300 o…Continue reading the post titled Good news: updated Ontario noise guideline
Supreme Court upholds Castonguay: "When in doubt, report"
The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected Castonguay’s appeal of its conviction for failing to report, to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, a fly rock incident during road construction. They were fined $25,000 plus the 25% victim fine surcharge. This decision greatly expands the…Continue reading the post titled Supreme Court upholds Castonguay: "When in doubt, report"
MOE Director admits that the Northstar directors were not polluters
Our high-stakes case, appealing the imposition of infinite retroactive personal liability on directors for contamination they did not cause, will be heard by the Environmental Review Tribunal starting October 28. Initial witness statements in Baker v Director, Ministry of the Environment we…Continue reading the post titled MOE Director admits that the Northstar directors were not polluters
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