Another noise lawsuit
A group of Calgary residents have launched another civil lawsuit, trying to force a local chicken processing plant (Lilydale) to slash noise and odour. The statement of claim asks the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench to order Lilydale to stop night-time trucking at its Hurst Road plant, limit …Continue reading the post titled Another noise lawsuit
Watch for us on TV this week
Going for the Green is an Internet TV station devoted to environmental issues, and run by Lynn Johannson. Watch for our featured video there this week: http://www.xool.tv/goingforthegreen.Continue reading the post titled Watch for us on TV this week
Compost maker fined $125,000
Compost maker Scott Environmental Group Limited has been fined $125,000 plus the 25% victim fine surcharge, for breaching multiple conditions of its Certificate of Approval. Scott (operating as Norterra Organics in Kingston) pleaded guilty to accepting too much daily waste, storing more than…Continue reading the post titled Compost maker fined $125,000
Big fine for environmental consultant
Fines of $201,500, plus the 25% victim fine surcharge, have been imposed on an environmental consultant, his company and its client, for violations of the Ontario Water Resources Act. The client was also sent to jail.Continue reading the post titled Big fine for environmental consultant
What will the new TCE health classification mean?
Now that the US EPA has classified TCE as a carcinogen, and dangerous at levels previously believed to be safe, what will happen to risk assessments and other regulatory decision-making in Ontario? Noted risk assessor, Brett Ibbotson, tells me that the new numbers are two to four times as st…Continue reading the post titled What will the new TCE health classification mean?
Port Colborne class action dismissed
Can neighbours sue for historic contamination? The leading Canadian case has been Pearson (later Smith) v. Inco, a class action by thousands of Port Colborne property owners against Inco, for alleged losses in property value due to nickel oxide that was legally deposited in the area during t…Continue reading the post titled Port Colborne class action dismissed
Congratulations, condolences and environmental policy
Congratulations to all the winners in yesterday’s provincial election, and condolences to all the losers. Former environment Minister Wilkinson will be missed; he narrowly lost his riding of Perth–Wellington. The new Minister should be announced shortly.Continue reading the post titled Congratulations, condolences and environmental policy
Banning sludge spreading?
The Québec Court of Appeal has struck down a municipal bylaw banning the spreading of sludge, on the ground that it exceeds the municipality’s jurisdiction.Continue reading the post titled Banning sludge spreading?
Pollution from distant source a nuisance?
The legal category of nuisance may be easier to use for long distance air pollution after a recent comment by the Ontario Court of Appeal. In Antrim Truck Centre Ltd. v. Ontario (Transportation), 2011 ONCA 419 (CanLII), Justice Epstein ruled that nuisance claims can be successfully made, no …Continue reading the post titled Pollution from distant source a nuisance?
Short term gain, long term pain
The city of Toronto has gone through paroxysms in the last few weeks to cut less than $28 million from the city’s budget. All environmental programs are still under review for possible cuts, including those efforts to help the city adapt to climate change. It’s therefore worth re…Continue reading the post titled Short term gain, long term pain
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