U.S. upsurge in environmental enforcement
Since Canada usually follows the US on environmental matters, it’s exciting to see that significant improvements have begun in US environmental enforcement. US EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, has signalled a renewed emphasis on “environmental justice”, the exposure of poor and minority com…Continue reading the post titled U.S. upsurge in environmental enforcement
Toxics Reduction Act passes
Bill 167, the Toxics Reduction Act, has received third reading and been passed by the Ontario Legislature.Continue reading the post titled Toxics Reduction Act passes
Toxic Reductions Act to pass this week
The Ontario Legislature has designated June 2 and 3 for third reading debate on the Toxics Reduction Act.Continue reading the post titled Toxic Reductions Act to pass this week
Keeping up to date
Nimonik is a new on-line service for keeping track of changes in environmental laws across Canada. Beginners can use it to get a general sense of the environmental requirements that might apply to their business. It is most useful for companies that already have a list, or register, of the e…Continue reading the post titled Keeping up to date
Overview of Bill 150, as passed
By popular request, here is a Green Energy Act overview that summarizes Bill 150, the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, as it stands after third reading. Meanwhile, work on the regulations is proceeding feverishly in several ministries. George Smitherman is determined to get the new system…Continue reading the post titled Overview of Bill 150, as passed
Ontario introduces GHGE Trading Act
Today, Environment Minister John Gerretsen introduced Ontario's first Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading bill into the Legislature.Continue reading the post titled Ontario introduces GHGE Trading Act
CN pays big fines re Wabamun, Cheakamus spills
CN has been sentenced to pay $1.8 million in fines for two spills from 2005 derailments in Alberta and B.C. Most of these moneys will be directed to local environmental programs.Continue reading the post titled CN pays big fines re Wabamun, Cheakamus spills
James Lovelock and the climate "phony war"
Lovelock argues persuasively that we are already headed to huge, irreversible temperature changes, which will massively disrupt human society and populations. These changes will be far greater and faster than those predicted by the IPCC.Continue reading the post titled James Lovelock and the climate "phony war"
Spills from ships – federal or provincial?
Spills from ships into navigable waters are subject to both federal and provincial spill control laws.Continue reading the post titled Spills from ships – federal or provincial?
Source Water protection on to phase 2
Under the Clean Water Act, source protection committees in Ontario are moving on to formal assessments of threats to drinking water quality and quantity.Continue reading the post titled Source Water protection on to phase 2