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, …Continue reading the post titled New Canadian environmental assessment: a rose by any other name?
Missed documents in public participation undermine compost downzoning bylaw
The British Columbia Court of Appeal has struck down a downzoning bylaw to eliminate composting at a licenced composting business: Fisher Road Holdings Ltd. v. Cowichan Valley (Regional District).Continue reading the post titled Missed documents in public participation undermine compost downzoning bylaw
Liability insurer need not pay for voluntary delineation and cleanup
According to Ontario’s Court of Appeal, General Electric Canada (GE) can’t make its liability insurer pay for the delineation and cleanup of a former GE property contaminated with trichloroethylene (“TCE”), because it voluntarily complied with a Ministry of the Environment …Continue reading the post titled Liability insurer need not pay for voluntary delineation and cleanup
Certificate of analysis ok as evidence despite minor error and delay?
A court accepted a Maxxam certificate of analysis into evidence in an environmental prosecution, despite a minor error in an internal chain of custody, and a two month delay in issuing the certificate. The decision is useful for anyone who takes samples, analyses them or uses the result in court.Continue reading the post titled Certificate of analysis ok as evidence despite minor error and delay?
Does your home renovation make you a “constructor”? Believe me, you need to know!
How often have you undertaken a home renovation project yourself? You might have hired out the more skilled aspects – maybe an electrician, a plumber, or a drywall taper (we all know “a guy”, don’t we?). You’re perfectly capable of overseeing the project generally; there’s no need to hire a …Continue reading the post titled Does your home renovation make you a “constructor”? Believe me, you need to know!
Science, proof and causation: when courts and scientists disagree
Bad science should be thrown out of court. When alleged scientific data fails to meet relevant, objective quality standards specifically developed for that kind of data, no one knows whether the claimed result is either reliable or correct. It is fundamentally unfair to punish anyone base…Continue reading the post titled Science, proof and causation: when courts and scientists disagree
How safe is natural gas?
No source of energy is “safe”, i.e. has zero adverse effects. We are frequently consulted by people who have had their lives turned upside down by oil spills, some recent, some decades ago. Often, those spills cannot be fully cleaned up, and can tear families apart. Coal and nucl…Continue reading the post titled How safe is natural gas?
Good news: Dioxin dropping in food
The European Food Safety Authority has published a new report on levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food and feed. It shows that dioxin levels in food and feed are continuing to gradually drop, likely due to the spread and enforcement of stricter food standards and air…Continue reading the post titled Good news: Dioxin dropping in food
Federal environmental assessments will be rushed
Now that federal environmental assessments are gone, the federal government will only assess very large, very important projects. But it’s going to do them in a hurry.Continue reading the post titled Federal environmental assessments will be rushed
Narrower Canadian Environmental Assessment Regime in force
The new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, is now in force, and federal environmental screenings are a thing of the past.Continue reading the post titled Narrower Canadian Environmental Assessment Regime in force