Organizing Renewable Energy Community Power Projects
This Friday, September 28, the Climate Change Lawyers Network (CCLN) will be hosting a session for anyone interested in the encouraging renewable energy community power projects. Presented in coordination with the Ontario Non-Profit Network, the session is a great opportunity to learn more a…Continue reading the post titled Organizing Renewable Energy Community Power Projects
How will Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 work for designated projects?
According to the Conservatives, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) will streamline the EA process, avoid duplication and consolidate responsibility for [EA] to three agencies instead of 40. These three agencies are the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the…Continue reading the post titled How will Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 work for designated projects?
Kivalina loses its climate change nuisance case again
The City and Village of Kivalina, population about 400, sits on the tip of a six-mile barrier reef on the northwest coast of Alaska. The residents depend on the sea ice that forms along the coast to shield them from violent storms. Sea ice has consistently declined in recent years – i…Continue reading the post titled Kivalina loses its climate change nuisance case again
Inco awarded $1,766,000 in costs for contamination class action
Justice J. R. Henderson of the Ontario Superior Court has awarded Inco $1,766,000 in legal costs arising from the Smith v. Inco nickel contamination class action in Port Colborne, Ontario. This is less than a quarter of Inco’s actual legal costs, which exceeded $5,340,000 after certi…Continue reading the post titled Inco awarded $1,766,000 in costs for contamination class action
Managing fill- an update
A knowledgeable reader brings us up to date about “Managing Fill: when is surplus soil a “waste”, and where can it go?” Hello Dianne, You have done an excellent job of briefly capturing the excess soil handling issues in Ontario including the high costs, the continui…Continue reading the post titled Managing fill- an update
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 …Continue reading the post titled Do the innocent get compensation after MOE orders?
Energy efficiency improving? Depends what you count
Energy efficiency improvements do pay off for Canadian companies, but there is still a long way to go.Continue reading the post titled Energy efficiency improving? Depends what you count
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.Continue reading the post titled Citizen science: Home spectrometer and Big Data
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…Continue reading the post titled Surging climate change: Record low ice and crop failure, who cares?
Contaminated site lawsuit: How not to win
Owners of a contaminated site are often too optimistic about their “rights” to compensation. Sometimes, chasing compensation for contamination just throws good money after bad. For example, Terrim Properties Ltd. wanted to build a gaming centre in Castlegar, B.C. Their loan fell…Continue reading the post titled Contaminated site lawsuit: How not to win