Debtors’ prison for bankrupt contaminated sites?
The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed an appeal from an individual ordered to clean up the historic contaminated site of a bankrupt company in Brighton, Ontario. Bruce Cooey’s father owned Cooey Metal Products Ltd., which owned and operated an factory in Brighton, O…Continue reading the post titled Debtors’ prison for bankrupt contaminated sites?
Pulitzer Prize for Reporting to Inside Climate News
Inside Climate News, a small online non-profit devoted to covering the changing climate, has won one of the most prestigious prizes in journalism. Three Inside Climate reporters received the National Reporting Pulitzer Prize for coverage of pipeline regulation and the hazards of tar sands oi…Continue reading the post titled Pulitzer Prize for Reporting to Inside Climate News
Unlimited personal no fault liability for directors and officers?
The Ontario government argued in Superior Court on April 18 that former corporate directors and officers have presumptive, unlimited, personal, no-fault liability to orders to pay all environmental costs associated with the assets of their former corporation, or of the subsidiaries of that c…Continue reading the post titled Unlimited personal no fault liability for directors and officers?
Keep green energy, oppose Bill 39
Petition Alert: Oppose Bill 39 and speak out in support of renewable energy in Ontario! Here is an important notice, from the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative and Solarshare, about how to support renewable energy. The Conservative Party has introduced a Bill to revoke the Green Energy Ac…Continue reading the post titled Keep green energy, oppose Bill 39
Environmental Tribunal blocks afterthought grounds for leave to appeal
Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal has refused to allow a developer to completely change its proposed grounds for seeking leave to appeal an Environmental Compliance Approval given to an existing industry, under the Environmental Bill of Rights and the Environmental Protection Act…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Tribunal blocks afterthought grounds for leave to appeal
Legal confusion on backflow preventers to increase basement flooding?
It is often impossible to identify which regions of an urban municipality are exposed to sewer backup risk until wide spread or regional sewer backup events have occurred.Continue reading the post titled Legal confusion on backflow preventers to increase basement flooding?
Strong evidence from Australia: wind health complaints contagious nocebo effects
Don’t believe the hype about windmills and health. As it turns out, listening to it just might make you sick.Continue reading the post titled Strong evidence from Australia: wind health complaints contagious nocebo effects
The Wit (not just wisdom) of the Bench
Most people (even lawyers!) usually think that reading case law is dry and humourless. But it depends on the judge! There have been several decisions over the last few years that have shown that judges have a sharp wit and a flair for writing! Take a moment to enjoy these. One example is R. …Continue reading the post titled The Wit (not just wisdom) of the Bench
Shooting the messenger- National Roundtable on Environment and Economy
The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) was created 25 years ago to advise the Canadian government how to achieve a sustainable economy. It operated as an arm’s length policy advisory agency with multi-stakeholder, cross Canada representation. The NRTEE took its j…Continue reading the post titled Shooting the messenger- National Roundtable on Environment and Economy
Is the 310 Waste garbage fire case over again?
In the fall of 2004, there was a terrible garbage fire at a grossly overloaded waste transfer site on Keele Street in Vaughan, Ontario. The fire burned for days, sending choking smoke through neighbouring residences and schools. Huge amounts of public and private money were spent to fight th…Continue reading the post titled Is the 310 Waste garbage fire case over again?