Losing our touch? Environmental Commissioner reports
Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller has issued another sobering report. “Losing our Touch” is Part 2 of the 2011/2012 Annual Report. He concludes: “We are no longer a jurisdiction that the world looks up to.” (I admit I thought that Mike Harris made…Continue reading the post titled Losing our touch? Environmental Commissioner reports
Pesticide crimes by Scotts, largest fine, 50 years after Silent Spring
In September, the Scotts Miracle-Gro pesticide company was sentenced to pay the largest ever criminal penalty, and the largest ever civil penalty, for deliberate violations of the US Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Scott’s sold 70 million pounds of bird foo…Continue reading the post titled Pesticide crimes by Scotts, largest fine, 50 years after Silent Spring
$125,000 penalty for dust out
A Mississauga company was fined $100,000 for discharging metal dust, causing an adverse effect, plus the victim fine surcharges of $25,000.Continue reading the post titled $125,000 penalty for dust out
Community solar bonds available
SolarShare is launching a new campaign in response to the recently changed Feed-in Tariff requirements. There is a short window of opportunity to lead Ontario to a clean energy future by securing new FIT contracts and building new community-based projects. Civic minded folks interested in in…Continue reading the post titled Community solar bonds available
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?