Do we still believe in Acts of God?
The more foreseeable extreme floods become, the easier it will be for judges to impose liability upon municipalities and other governments. And the more government reports predict extreme events, the more judges will find them to be "foreseeable". For legal purposes, foreseeable events s…Continue reading the post titled Do we still believe in Acts of God?
Energy conservation report
Ontario’s Chief Energy Conservation Officer has issued his fourth annual report, Be the Change to a Culture of Conservation. In his report, Peter Love concludes that Ontario could and should be doing much more with less. In a nutshell, he issues “a call to action to every Ontaria…Continue reading the post titled Energy conservation report
Toronto's war on waste, chapter 37
In another chapter of the long war over who pays for waste, Toronto is tired of spending so much on single use packaging. Packaging costs the city huge sums for collection, sorting and recycling, and eats up vast amounts of precious landfill space. To the outrage of some manufacturers and r…Continue reading the post titled Toronto's war on waste, chapter 37
Toronto pushing ahead with precedent-setting community "right to know" bylaw
The Medical Officer of Health has decided that partial information about air toxics is better than none.Continue reading the post titled Toronto pushing ahead with precedent-setting community "right to know" bylaw
New reporting law for recyclables
Ontario's Bill 105, the proposed Waste Reporting Act, is a rarity -- a private member's bill that has government support and is going to pass.Continue reading the post titled New reporting law for recyclables
Food, energy security and health
Michael Pollan has written an inspiring exploration of how the new US emphasis on energy security could revolutionize agriculture, food and health, Farmer in Chief. He calls for huge social and legal changes, reversing the decades-old American (and Canadian) policy of subsidizing cheap food …Continue reading the post titled Food, energy security and health
American election will force Canada to take action on climate change
With yesterday’s election of President-Elect Obama, Canada will now be forced to get serious about climate change. Obama has pledged to Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. In order to keep selling into the American mark…Continue reading the post titled American election will force Canada to take action on climate change
Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act
What does this mean for the future of climate change litigation in Canada? Not much.Continue reading the post titled Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act
Climate change adaptation
Climate change impacts in Canada will cost huge amounts of money. Who will pay for them?Continue reading the post titled Climate change adaptation
Update on BPA
As promised, the federal government published its final decision on the screening level risk assessment of BPA on October 18, in the Canada Gazette, Part 1. Regulations that prohibit the import, sale and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA should come into effect during …Continue reading the post titled Update on BPA
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