Contracts with consultants
Dianne spoke this week on why you should take nothing for granted when hiring environmental consultants, and especially should not accept the “standard terms and conditions” proposed by most major consulting firms in Ontario. Here is the presentation: Working with Consultants.Continue reading the post titled Contracts with consultants
Downloading liability on municipalities
Senior governments seem to have no shame about downloading enormous, undisclosed environmental liabilities on municipalities. In an English case, Corby Group Litigation v. Corby District Council, the Corby Borough Council (CBC) has been held liable for allowing residents to become exposed t…Continue reading the post titled Downloading liability on municipalities
Why is fairness irrelevant?
Innocent parties forced to pay unfair environmental costs should seek compensation in the civil courts, and should not expect any help from the ERT.Continue reading the post titled Why is fairness irrelevant?
Can municipalities still regulate renewable energy projects?
Some municipal lawyers argue, however, that municipalities may still have the power to block unpopular renewable energy projects, such as wind turbines.Continue reading the post titled Can municipalities still regulate renewable energy projects?
US liable for Katrina damages
Canadian courts would also be likely to hold government liable for negligent operation of a public work that caused substantial damage to individuals. Given the predicted intensity and ferocity of future storms in Canada, governments at all levels should be looking carefully at how they …Continue reading the post titled US liable for Katrina damages
Court of Appeal overturns Berendsen
The most lasting impact of Berendsen may be Judge Seppi's trenchant criticism of the MOE's standard-setting process, and its failure to consider either cumulative effects or special sensitivities of some species.Continue reading the post titled Court of Appeal overturns Berendsen
Another wind energy lawsuit
If you have been at Kingston’s waterfront lately, you’ve seen an 86-turbine wind farm on nearby on Wolfe Island. According to TransAlta, the operator, it’s the second largest wind farm in Canada. The non-profit Hearthmakers Energy Co-operative is proud of the spinning blades and…Continue reading the post titled Another wind energy lawsuit
Read all about it
What are the prospects for litigation relating to green energy projects, especially wind? Dianne is quoted on this today in both the National Post and the Globe and Mail. Whenever the law is unclear or counterintuitive, it is always good for lawyers.Continue reading the post titled Read all about it
Why can't we protect trees?
Theoretically, some laws are supposed to protect trees, they aren't actually effective in practice.Continue reading the post titled Why can't we protect trees?
Wind and the precautionary principle
I don't expect Ian Hanna to succeed in his lawsuit to block the Ministry of the Environment from issuing renewable energy approvals for wind projectsContinue reading the post titled Wind and the precautionary principle