MacQueen v. Canada class action
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has certified a massive class action by Sydney residents against the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, relating to contamination from the notorious Sydney tar ponds, and the associated steel mill and coke ovens from the old Sydney Steel.Continue reading the post titled MacQueen v. Canada class action
$80,000 water discharge fine
Torbear Contracting Inc., Woodbridge, had a contract to complete upgrades at a sewage treatment plant. The project required that the outdoor containment area surrounding the chemical storage tanks of sodium hypochlorite be expanded and a drain be installed to allow for easy removal of rainw…Continue reading the post titled $80,000 water discharge fine
Class action certified for highway noise
"Collective action.. creates a just balance between the people who suffer the consequences of a violation and the offender, who often has much greater resources..."Continue reading the post titled Class action certified for highway noise
Do Pollution Exclusion clauses work?
Will pollution exclusion clauses stand up in commercial general liability insurance policies? The Ontario Court of Appeal says yes, when they are directed at activities likely to cause traditional soil and water pollution. See ING Insurance Company of Canada v. Miracle (Mohawk Imperial Sales…Continue reading the post titled Do Pollution Exclusion clauses work?
How much notice is enough?
A Niagara Escarpment Hearing Officer recently had to decide how many unsuccessful efforts to contact an appellant were enough.Continue reading the post titled How much notice is enough?
Cumulative effects in approvals
Cumulative effects are extremely hard to manage in any approval process. By definition, the person or project seeking an individual approval does not usually control the other sources of cumulative impact. Nor is the necessary information about the other actual or potential impacts usually b…Continue reading the post titled Cumulative effects in approvals
Wind developers can run transmission lines on roads
On Monday, the Township of Grey Highlands unanimously voted to abandon its planned Divisional Court challenge. The Township had originally voted to seek judicial review of an Ontario Energy Board decision, allowing wind power developer International Power Corporation to run transmission lin…Continue reading the post titled Wind developers can run transmission lines on roads
Can a permit be refused after EA approval?
One frequently troublesome area of environmental law is the intersection between different types of approvals. Once an overarching, project wide approval, such as an environmental assessment, has been granted, may an individual approval be refused?Continue reading the post titled Can a permit be refused after EA approval?
Hanna leave to appeal denied
On Monday, the Ontario Court of Appeal denied Ian Hanna’s request for leave to appeal the decision of the Divisional Court, which unanimously rejected his attempt to prevent Ontario from issuing renewable energy approvals for large wind turbines. Judges Goudge, MacFarland and Watt ord…Continue reading the post titled Hanna leave to appeal denied
Nuisance, GHG and climate change
Today, the US Supreme Court reversed the groundbreaking decision, Connecticut v. American Power, which had allowed states, New York City and private land trusts to sue major greenhouse gas producers in nuisance, whether or not their emissions breached federal statute law.Continue reading the post titled Nuisance, GHG and climate change