A right to a healthy environment
In a ground breaking decision on Friday, October 8, 2021 the United Nations Human Rights Council recognized the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Resolution 48/13 calls on the countries throughout the world to work cooperatively in the implementation of this new right to…View the post titled A right to a healthy environment
Bill C-230–A time for change
On February 26, 2020, Bill C-230, a private member’s bill, was introduced by Nova Scotia MP Lenore Zann to seek environmental justice in Canada. Bill C-230 requires the Minister of the Environment to develop a national strategy to promote efforts across Canada to address the harm caused by…View the post titled Bill C-230–A time for change
Climate-Change Litigation: Failure to disclose risks
On July 22, 2020 a 23 year old individual led the filing of a class action lawsuit against the Australian government alleging that the government failed to disclose the material risk of climate change to investors in government bonds1. Instead of seeking damages the relief sought seeks to re…View the post titled Climate-Change Litigation: Failure to disclose risks
Virtual hearing to save the climate
On July 12, 2020 a special virtual hearing was held to argue whether the case brought by seven young people1 against the Ontario government alleging that the watered down provincial climate targets in 2018 violated the Charter rights to life, liberty and security of the person should be dism…View the post titled Virtual hearing to save the climate
Tŝilhqot’in Nation wins 30-year battle
On May 14, 2020 the Supreme Court of Canada (“Supreme Court”) dismissed Taseko Mines Limited’s (“Taseko Mines”) application for leave to appeal a decision of the federal court of appeal. The decision of the Supreme Court resulted in the refusal of the approval for Taseko Mines $1.5-billion d…View the post titled Tŝilhqot’in Nation wins 30-year battle
A review – inspection vs. investigation?
We have written numerous blogs over the years on the difference between inspections vs. investigations. This blog is a reminder on the general distinction between an inspection as opposed to an investigation and the authority of Provincial Officers (“PO”) and outlines the aspects of a strict…View the post titled A review – inspection vs. investigation?
Approvals from federal authorities may not protect against charges under provincial environmental laws
In R v Great Lakes Stevedoring Company Ltd,companies are given a stark reminder that provincial environmental laws and regulations must be complied with notwithstanding compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations and operating exclusively on federal property. Great Lakes S…View the post titled Approvals from federal authorities may not protect against charges under provincial environmental laws
Wide ranging repercussions of climate change
Reinsurance is the insurance that is purchased by another insurance company to partially insulate itself from the risk of major claims events. Reinsurance companies provide insurance against loss for other insurance companies, particularly losses related to catastrophic risks such as hurrica…View the post titled Wide ranging repercussions of climate change
Impact of COVID-19 on Environmental Law
The protection of our health and environment is a fundamental right of all Canadians. The recent events of COVID-19 including the designation of essential and non-essential services, suspension of limitation periods in certain circumstances has businesses questioning what statues, regulation…View the post titled Impact of COVID-19 on Environmental Law
Environmental reporting suspended in Alberta due to COVID-19
On March 31, 2020 the Alberta government enacted Ministerial Orders suspending existing environmental reporting requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministerial Orders signed by Environment Minister Jason Nixon states “All requirements to report information pursuant to provisions i…View the post titled Environmental reporting suspended in Alberta due to COVID-19
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