How much can municipalities regulate boat use?
Québec’s Court of Appeal has struck down part of a municipal by-law that impinged on the public right of navigation, an area where only the federal government has jurisdiction to make laws. As we noted in an earlier blog post, St.-Adolphe d’Howard’s by-law prevented non-residents from using …Continue reading the post titled How much can municipalities regulate boat use?
Big odour fine
Halton Recycling Ltd. is an organic waste recycler that was the subject of a large number of odour complaints. It was charged with two counts of discharging odour into the environment which adversely affected its neighbours. The company was also charged with failing to have all recyclables b…Continue reading the post titled Big odour fine
A fun thing to do- and useful
This is the last week to vote in the first round of the ClimateSpark contest for the best environmental/ climate change social projects in Toronto. This important local initiative will distribute over $50,000 in prizes, and there are lots of intriguing candidates, including several that I…Continue reading the post titled A fun thing to do- and useful
Government support, the tar sands, and the CEN
The Canadian Environmental Network, a central body that coordinates over 600 environmental groups, may not be around much longer. Environment Minister Peter Kent recently announced that the Federal Government will no longer be providing the funding that has always made up the bulk of the CEN…Continue reading the post titled Government support, the tar sands, and the CEN
Off shore wind lawsuit
Before the election, the McGuinty government put a moratorium on offshore wind projects, claiming that further research was needed. Now, one of the companies that planned to build an off-shore wind farm in Lake Ontario is suing for compensation.Continue reading the post titled Off shore wind lawsuit
Database of checklists
Nimonik has launched a valuable database of checklists for many industrial purposes at http://www.WikiChecklists.com. The checklists vary from 5S quality standards to safety inspections and environmental legal requirements. They are soliciting additional contributions. Isn’t it hard t…Continue reading the post titled Database of checklists
Welcome, Jim Bradley, Minister of Environment
Welcome back (after 21 years) to Jim Bradley, perhaps the best environment minister we’ve ever had.Continue reading the post titled Welcome, Jim Bradley, Minister of Environment
Environmental causes of action
The recent Court of Appeal decision in Smith v Inco is requiring Canadian environmental lawyers to carefully rethink environmental causes of action–who can sue who for what? How can Smith v. Inco be reconciled with St. Lawrence Cement v. Barrette? (Different type of nuisance). Why can non-to…Continue reading the post titled Environmental causes of action
Escheat is very popular
One of the popular ways of dealing with contaminated sites that are “underwater” i.e. where the economic value of the property does not justify remediation, is to abandon it by letting it escheat to the Crown. Escheat happens when a corporation is dissolved, leaving no one to receive its …Continue reading the post titled Escheat is very popular
Staff shuffle at the MOE
The new Minister of the Environment will be named this Thursday. Meanwhile, the senior MOE staff has been shuffled. Warmest congratulations to each of them on their new positions:Continue reading the post titled Staff shuffle at the MOE
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