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
Narrow candidates for permit by rule: waste, solar, printing
The latest draft Approvals Reform regulations are another small step in the right direction. Clarifying and simplifying the requirements for routine, low impact activities, and reducing regulatory delay, is increasingly important if Ontario is to successfully compete for investment money an…Continue reading the post titled Narrow candidates for permit by rule: waste, solar, printing
Massachusetts expert panel on wind and health recommends comparing all energy sources
Typically, at distances larger than 400 m, sound pressure levels for modern wind turbines are less than 40 dB(A), which is below the level associated with annoyance in the epidemiological studies reviewed.... The considerations should take into account trade-offs between environmental and…Continue reading the post titled Massachusetts expert panel on wind and health recommends comparing all energy sources
$150,000 fine for $2 million chemical spill
Chemtura Canada, a chemical manufacturing company in Elmira, Ontario, was fined $150,00 for discharging 4200 kg of BLE-25 and 112 kg of acetone into the air.Continue reading the post titled $150,000 fine for $2 million chemical spill
Shocking Greenland ice melt
Some parts of the public still doubt climate change, but climate scientists see its damage galloping ever faster than expected. As Ontario’s extraordinary heat triggered an upsurge in gun violence, wildfires and crop failures, Greenland ice cap watchers saw the biggest, fastest melt ev…Continue reading the post titled Shocking Greenland ice melt
Should I Incorporate My Business?
We get many calls each week from individuals considering incorporating their businesses. While each individual situation is unique and has its own set of circumstances, the following is a brief summary of some of the reasons why it may be beneficial to incorporate your business. Limitation …Continue reading the post titled Should I Incorporate My Business?