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Published on: 24 Apr 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 23 Apr 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 18 Apr 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 16 Apr 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 12 Apr 2013 By ,

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. …

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Published on: 9 Apr 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 9 Apr 2013 By

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…

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