Quick Overview of Canadian Environmental Law
Please checkout our new page, with its quick summary of Canadian environmental in an easy-to-read, question and answer format. It starts: Legislation 1 Main environmental regulations What are the main statutes and regulations relating to the environment? Under Canada’s constitution, environm…Continue reading the post titled Quick Overview of Canadian Environmental Law
Renewable Energy Approvals
Missed this week’s executive workshop on Carbon Finance? Renewable energy approvals is Dianne’s presentation on how renewable energy approvals will work in Ontario under the Green Energy Act and the Environmental Protection Act, and on the lawsuit that is trying to block wind. Bo…Continue reading the post titled Renewable Energy Approvals
Federal Court of Appeal rejects KPIA appeal
Friends of the Earth have lost their appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal against Canada’s defiance of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, a Canadian statute. Just days before the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that climate change nuisance lawsuits are justiciable, in Comer v…Continue reading the post titled Federal Court of Appeal rejects KPIA appeal
How will nuisance law affect P3?
Read our comments on Heyes v. Vancouver in the National Post this week.Continue reading the post titled How will nuisance law affect P3?
Taking climate change to the courts
On Friday, October 16, a second major US appeals court ruled that victims of climate change can sue polluters. In Comer v. Murphy Oil USA (5th Cir.), victims of Hurricane Katrina sued a number of companies that produce fossil fuels for causing greenhouse gas emissions that contributed to cli…Continue reading the post titled Taking climate change to the courts
Can the precautionary principle be used to block wind energy?
A Big Island resident, Ian Hanna, launched judicial review today to block renewable energy approvals under the regulations recently adopted to implement Bill 150, the Green Energy Act. Mr. Hanna argues that it is contrary to the precautionary principle to allow wind energy development in Ont…Continue reading the post titled Can the precautionary principle be used to block wind energy?
The most important environmental cases of 2009
What do you think are the most important environmental law cases in Canada in 2009 so far?Continue reading the post titled The most important environmental cases of 2009
General Chemical directors settle personal claim
This spring, the Environmental Review Tribunal approved a multi-million dollar settlement between the Ministry of the Environment and the officers and directors of General Chemical. General Chemical famously declared bankruptcy, abandoning a badly contaminated lagoon. Just before bankruptcy,…Continue reading the post titled General Chemical directors settle personal claim
More details on climate change civil suit
For a more detailed analysis of using nuisance to successfully sue major emitters of greenhouse gases, Connecticut v. American Electric, see my article in this week’s Lawyers Weekly.Continue reading the post titled More details on climate change civil suit
Ecojustice puts teeth in SARA
The [applicants] bring this Application only in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Canadian government is attempting to avoid its obligation to implement the SARA so as to protect Canada’s at-risk species.Continue reading the post titled Ecojustice puts teeth in SARA