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Published on: 8 Nov 2019 By

What Are Your Environmental Rights in Ontario? An Overview of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993, S.O. 1993, c 28

Is there a right to a healthful environment in Ontario? Who has that right and what does it entail? Does the public have any say in the government’s ability to make environmentally significant decisions? These questions are the subject of longstanding and ongoing debates in Canadian environm…

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Published on: 27 Sep 2019 By

Surface Water, Natural Watercourses, and Municipal Drains: A Brief Guide to Drainage Rights in Rural Ontario

Do you have a right to block surface water from entering onto your property? Can you modify a natural watercourse? Are you legally obligated to prevent surface water on your property from travelling onto your neighbour’s property? Rural landowners are often confronted with these perplexing i…

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Published on: 9 Sep 2019 By

Federal Carbon Tax Appealed to Supreme Court

On August 28, 2019 the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced Ontario’s appeal of the Court of Appeal’s decision on the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to the Supreme Court of Canada. In making the announcement the Minister stated: …

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Published on: 27 Aug 2019 By

The Marine Liability Act and the “Polluter Pay” Regime: A Review of the Court’s Decision in British Columbia v. The Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, 2019 BCCA 232

Earlier this summer, the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Province of British Columbia concerning the Province’s liability for oil pollution under the federal Marine Liability Act, S.C. 2001, c.6. The pollution in question had emanated from a derelict vessel of whi…

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Published on: 22 Jul 2019 By

$2.9M Charge for Spill of Diesel Fuel and Lubricants

On July 16, 2019, Kirby Offshore Marine Operating LLC pled guilty to three charges of violating the Fisheries Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and the Pilotage Act and received fines totally $2.9 million dollars.   On October 13, 2016, the tugboat Nathan E. Stewart ran aground at E…

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Published on: 15 Jul 2019 By

Is a Healthy Environment a Fundamental Right of Citizens

On November 26, 2018 ENvironnement JEUnesse (“ENJEU[1]”) filed an application for authorization against the Government of Canada to bring a class action on behalf of all Quebec residents aged 35 and under claiming a right to a clean and healthy environment. The claim alleged that the Canadia…

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Published on: 11 Jul 2019 By

Environmental Review Tribunal confirms high evidentiary burden to be removed from an Environmental Protection Act, Section 18 Director’s Order

A July 2, 2019, judgment of the Environmental Review Tribunal in Alizadeh v. Ontario (Environment, Conservation and Parks), 2019 CanLII 62106 (ON ERT), confirms that corporate officers and directors face a high evidentiary burden to rebut the presumption that they are properly named in an En…

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