Directors and officers to be liable for contamination on escheated land?
What happens to contaminated sites when their corporate owner goes bust? Most of them end up escheating to the province, which is increasingly concerned about costs of managing them. Now, Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure is seeking comments on a proposed new management framework for forf…Continue reading the post titled Directors and officers to be liable for contamination on escheated land?
An introduction to the law of noise pollution
Dianne gave a well received introduction to the law of noise pollution at the Ontario Bar Association’s Halloween breakfast. Topics included what is noise, who regulates it, how the Environmental Protection Act applies, enforcement under the EPA, bylaws and the OMB, and civil suits fo…Continue reading the post titled An introduction to the law of noise pollution
Protecting Your Brand
Stacey Bothwell asks the question, “Are you protecting your brand properly? How do you distinguish your goods and services from others in the marketplace? Is it a quirky logo? Is it a coined word? Is it a piece of property that you have adequately protected? Are you protecting your b…Continue reading the post titled Protecting Your Brand
New Canadian environmental assessments exclude stakeholders and issues
The new standing rules in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, have now been interpreted the first two times, with contradictory results. The Prosperity Mine panel, in BC, has wisely interpreted the new standing rules broadly, including experts, Non-Governmental Organizations, Fi…Continue reading the post titled New Canadian environmental assessments exclude stakeholders and issues
Activists sue nuclear plant for water pollution
Cape Cod Baywatch and Pilgrim Watch residents have given notice of their intent to sue Entergy for water pollution and fish kills caused by its Massachusetts nuclear plant.Continue reading the post titled Activists sue nuclear plant for water pollution
Mercury and lead contamination tied to ADHD in Inuit
In the northern Quebec, there are about 11,000 Inuit, the most highly exposed population in the world to PCB and mercury pollution. Air-borne contaminants from the south fall in northern areas and bioaccumulate in the animals that Inuit eat. Burning coal is the largest source of mercury. A Q…Continue reading the post titled Mercury and lead contamination tied to ADHD in Inuit
Other environmental laws in the "Son of Omnibus" Bill C-45?
On Friday, we described how the Navigable Waters Protection Act is being slashed so that it applies to only 62 named lakes and rivers and renamed the Navigation Protection Act. Here are some of the other environmental changes in the new Omnibus Bill, C-45:Continue reading the post titled Other environmental laws in the "Son of Omnibus" Bill C-45?
Supreme Court will hear important appeal: is flying rock a discharge?
When governments adopt surprising new interpretations of existing laws, shouldn’t they have to tell the regulated community before they start prosecuting them?Continue reading the post titled Supreme Court will hear important appeal: is flying rock a discharge?
Letter of Wishes: How to assist trustees in the distribution of trust
Stacey Bothwell looks into what can be done by Parents and business owners to establish a letter of wishes, designating Trustees and beneficiaries upon unexpected death.I recently had the opportunity to draft a letter of wishes in the context of the reorganization of a corporate group and es…Continue reading the post titled Letter of Wishes: How to assist trustees in the distribution of trust
Environmental regulation: Municipalities v province, province v. federal government
What happens when municipal bylaws try to control energy or resource projects authorized by the federal or provincial governments? (They have some scope). How far will the Spraytech precedent take them? Can corporations use federal insolvency laws to cleanse themselves of irksome environment…Continue reading the post titled Environmental regulation: Municipalities v province, province v. federal government