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Published on: 17 Sep 2012 By

Do the innocent get compensation after MOE orders?

Cleaning up your neighbour’s mess: Recovery of spill clean-up costs by the innocent party. It is clear that any civilized system of law is bound to provide remedies for cases of what has been called unjust enrichment or unjust benefit, that is to prevent a man from retaining the money of or …

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Published on: 11 Sep 2012 By

Citizen science: Home spectrometer and Big Data

Do it yourself spectrometer? Cell phone spectrometer add ons? Do it yourself aerial mapping with balloons and kites? Environmental data collection with citizen science devices could fill in some of the gaps created by government cutbacks, especially if combined with the NEON Big Data project. 

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Published on: 6 Sep 2012 By

Surging climate change: Record low ice and crop failure, who cares?

What will it take for climate change to become an election issue? Ok, lots of people don’t understand why the rapid disappearance of Arctic ice to its record low (and still melting) matters to them. (For a quick summary, try Why Arctic Ice Matters and the Arctic Ice Death Spiral. Accor…

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Published on: 4 Sep 2012 By

Managing fill: when is surplus soil “waste”, and where can it go?

Soil movement is big business in Ontario, involving perhaps 170 million tonnes/ year, and adding about 15% to infrastructure costs. Last year’s changes to the contaminated sites regulation Reg. 153/04 have made soil movement more difficult and expensive than ever, and further cost increases …

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Published on: 30 Aug 2012 By

Sustainable remediation: what is the status?

The United Kingdom program, Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments, provides excellent resources on contaminated site remediation. One of their contributors, the University of Cambridge, is now seeking input on sustainable remediation. Study participants will receive the final report.

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Published on: 29 Aug 2012 By

Environmental Review Tribunal appeal notices must be complete

The Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed an anti-wind appeal, because the neighbours opposed to the project did not file a proper notice of appeal: Ball v. Director. Several appeals were also dismissed in Monture v. Ontario, Ministry of the Environment, because the notices of appeal w…

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Published on: 27 Aug 2012 By

New Canadian environmental assessment: a rose by any other name?

Officially, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, has abolished most federal environmental assessment screenings,  but the practical  effect is less than it appears. Parks Canada, for example, has simply replaced the old Canadian Environmental Assessment Act process with its new, …

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