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?
Turf wars – how green is artificial turf?
Kudos to those opposing the University of Toronto’s plan to use artificial turf for its back campus field, in time for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The opponents are right: there are good reasons for health and environmental concern about ripping up grass (muddy as it may be) and replac…Continue reading the post titled Turf wars – how green is artificial turf?
$25,000 fine for unreported waste oil spill
Huron District Contracting Limited was fined $25,000, plus a victim fine surcharge of $6,250, for spilling petroleum hydrocarbons from a waste oil tank. Huron District Contracting does marine construction and excavation near Goderich, Ontario. According to the Ministry of the Environment, …Continue reading the post titled $25,000 fine for unreported waste oil spill
Big fine for odour despite earnest efforts by compost company
Universal Resource Recovery Inc. was fined $80,000 for discharging odours from its Welland composting facility.Continue reading the post titled Big fine for odour despite earnest efforts by compost company
Sunrise Propane explosion – landlords added to class action
Here’s an update on the Sunrise Propane explosion in Downsview, Ontario, and the gradual progress of the class action by the aggrieved neighbours. In July 2012, the Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice certified a class action against all proposed defendants except the Teskey defendants, whic…Continue reading the post titled Sunrise Propane explosion – landlords added to class action
Timminco motion: A new twist in insolvency v environment
The insolvent metal processing company, Timminco, is attempting a new twist to “cleanse” creditors of environmental claims through insolvency law. They have applied to the Commercial List for permission to sell their valueless contaminated sites, for virtually nothing, to new sub…Continue reading the post titled Timminco motion: A new twist in insolvency v environment
Antrim: Supreme Court gives compensation for nuisance when highway moved
The Supreme Court of Canada has restored compensation to the Antrim truck stop, which lost its coveted place on the edge of a major highway when the highway was moved. The Court held that the $393,000 loss in business loss and property value was too heavy to expect Antrim to shoulder alone, …Continue reading the post titled Antrim: Supreme Court gives compensation for nuisance when highway moved
Buyer can’t expect compensation for pre-existing contamination
If Midwest purchased a contaminated property, it must prove that there has been an increase in the contamination level of property caused by the Defendants.Continue reading the post titled Buyer can’t expect compensation for pre-existing contamination
Final regulations for heavy duty vehicle emissions
On February 25, 2013, the Federal Government followed the US and announced the final efficiency and emission standards for new on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines. The regulations are intended to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to match American req…Continue reading the post titled Final regulations for heavy duty vehicle emissions
Wynne v Obama: sustainable Ontario?
In sharp contrast to Obama’s State of the Union Address, the first Speech from the Throne under Premier Wynne gives little emphasis to environmental issues, including climate change. As we feared from the composition of the transition team, the Ontario Throne speech was modest in its energy …Continue reading the post titled Wynne v Obama: sustainable Ontario?