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?
Right to a healthy environment?
Do governments owe us clean air and clean water? Many Canadians expect our government to protect us from contamination and other environmental harms in outdoor air, water and land. But is this a legal right?Continue reading the post titled Right to a healthy environment?
Need environmental motivation? Two good Canadian books to read
Here are two, very different Canadian books I’ve been reading recently on motivation to do something about the shocking, heartrending state of our environment, both of which I heartily recommend.Continue reading the post titled Need environmental motivation? Two good Canadian books to read
No stay for Order to former officers and directors
The Environmental Review Tribunal has refused to stay a multimillion dollar order to the former officers and directors of a bankrupt company and its parent, pending appeal, whether or not the Ministry of the Environment had jurisdiction to issue the Order.Continue reading the post titled No stay for Order to former officers and directors
US governments propose Wildlife Climate Adaptation Strategy
As hundreds of starving sea lion pups wash up on the California coast, and as the Canadian government shuts down research into climate change, a coalition of American federal, state and tribal government agencies has released a National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy.Continue reading the post titled US governments propose Wildlife Climate Adaptation Strategy
Renovation costs for chemical sensitivities now tax deductible?
Congratulations to Ecojustice for its win in negotiating a settlement with Revenue Canada for a victim of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. People with this condition are adversely affected by chemicals in the environment (especially indoor air) that most people don’t notice.Continue reading the post titled Renovation costs for chemical sensitivities now tax deductible?