Environmental Law for Road Builders
Road construction presents numerous environmental challenges, including noise, dust, salt, storm runoff, etc. Earlier this year, we gave road builders a summary of the environmental laws that apply to them, how to exercise due diligence, and what penalties they could face if things go wrong.…View the post titled Environmental Law for Road Builders
Environmental Rights Enshrined
Nature's right to exist an astonishing new legal right.View the post titled Environmental Rights Enshrined
$450,000 fine for City of Ottawa sewage spill
One of the highest environmental fines ever imposed upon a municipality.View the post titled $450,000 fine for City of Ottawa sewage spill
Important changes re brownfields
Many sites that now count as "clean" will no longer be "clean"; a few that now count as contaminated will now be considered clean.View the post titled Important changes re brownfields
Important brownfield reforms
The Ontario government has today posted significant proposed changes to its brownfield regulation and standards. The complete package has been posted on the EBR and can be found at www.ontario.ca/brownfields under the “Protecting the Environment” link. Also attached is an unoffic…View the post titled Important brownfield reforms
Kipfinch – latest Ontario contaminated site decision
Ontario’s latest contaminated site decision is Kipfinch v. Westwood Mall (Mississauga) Limited. The intended purchaser of a $25 million shopping mall was unable to obtain financing after the vendor refused to allow invasive testing in an area formerly occupied by a dry cleaner. The …View the post titled Kipfinch – latest Ontario contaminated site decision
Credit crunch and brownfields
The spreading credit crisis will inevitably have a significant impact on brownfields redevelopment in Canada. Softer real estate markets and lower industrial profits reduce the potential economic value of contaminated sites. Tougher credit and higher borrowing costs restrict the availability…View the post titled Credit crunch and brownfields
Parking pad to garden — how hard could it be?
Franke James eventually got Toronto's first permit for a "green" driveway.View the post titled Parking pad to garden — how hard could it be?
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