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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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Published on: 30 Apr 2013 By

Landfill gas electricity may be eligible for permit by rule in Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is seeking public comment on a proposed regulation to allow landfill gas power generating facilities to register in the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). The Registry is a much easier, quicker way to get environmental permission to bui…

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Published on: 29 Apr 2013 By

Understanding Environmental Regulation Structure in Canada

In this blog post Paula reviews the statutory regime in Ontario and outlines strict liability offences and its impact on companies. Understanding your environmental obligations and responsibilities can be a confusing and a daunting task. There are multiple government departments involved wit…

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Published on: 25 Apr 2013 By

Experimental Lakes Area: well done, Premier Wynne!

We want to add our voice to those congratulating and thanking Premier Wynne for stepping in to rescue the world class environmental research station, the irreplaceable Experimental Lakes Area that the federal government shuttered. How can the federal government expect to make good environmen…

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Published on: 25 Apr 2013 By

Why the Supreme Court decision in AbitibiBowater won’t work

We have written several times about the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in AbitibiBowater v. Newfoundland, in which insolvency law trumped environmental orders. Today, we want to tell you more about the rule the court laid down, and why it is likely to have perverse consequences. In…

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