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Published on: 14 May 2013 By

Will Environmental Tribunal enforce public trust in water?

Ecojustice has intervened in an appeal before Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal, hoping that they will enforce a public trust in water resources. Nestle Canada Inc. (“Nestle”) runs Ontario’s largest water bottling operation. They pump groundwater from two different sets of wells …

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Published on: 13 May 2013 By

Innocent owner Kawartha Lakes loses at Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal, refusing to allow an innocent landowner, City of Kawartha Lakes, to lead evidence about the actual polluters. Everyone agreed that the City was completely innocent of the fuel spill, which flowed onto mun…

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Published on: 9 May 2013 By

Gender Expression and Gender Identity: New Protected Grounds of Discrimination

In June 2000, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (“OHRC”) released its Policy on Discrimination and Harassment because of Gender Identity, taking the position that the ground of sex could be used to protect transgender people from discrimination and harassment. The OHRC also called for an a…

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Published on: 8 May 2013 By

Some Alberta oil sands monitoring data now public

Access to some federal and provincial environmental monitoring data on air, water, land and biodiversity in the oil sands is now available through an online data portal. The portal is a result of the Joint Canada–Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring announced in February 2012.

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Published on: 2 May 2013 By

Kawartha Lakes appeal heard by Court of Appeal

The City of Kawartha Lakes has appealed to the Ontario Court of Appeal from a Ministry of the Environment Order, which imposed cleanup liability on the City for contamination it did not cause. The City argues that the MOE should have imposed those cleanup costs on the polluters, meaning eith…

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Published on: 1 May 2013 By

Did Conservatives mislead country on environmental assessment "delays"?

Canada’s environmental review process for projects such as oil and gas pipelines did not have backlogs or other unreasonable delays that would justify the timelines imposed by the federal government last year, according to a study in the respected Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aqua…

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