What is "storage"?
A recent Alberta case casts some light on the meaning of waste “storage”. Custom Environmental Services (CESL) sorts and recycles contaminated material, including PCBs. PCB material is brought to the CESL, sorted, cleaned, perhaps processed and placed in containers. Once a truckl…Continue reading the post titled What is "storage"?
Ontario joins Western Climate Initiative
Ontario has joined the Western Climate Initiative, North America’s largest green partnership, just in time for its third major Stakeholder Workshop. Most Canadian provinces are now Partners or Observers in the WCI, with the notable exceptions of Alberta and the Atlantic provinces. In f…Continue reading the post titled Ontario joins Western Climate Initiative
More on Drugs in Drinking Water
Are tiny levels of drugs in bottled or tap water a health risk? We just don't know.Continue reading the post titled More on Drugs in Drinking Water
Berendsen wins costs too
In February, we told you about the landmark decision in Berendsen v. Ontario, a precedent-setting case holding the Ontario government liable for contamination of a dairy farm by road waste. On July 11, Berendsen’s victory became doubly sweet when Judge Seppi awarded them $655,000 in le…Continue reading the post titled Berendsen wins costs too
Strong Interest in Green Shift
A wide cross section of knowledgeable people showed strong interest this week in the Liberal proposal to start shifting federal taxes from income to carbon pollution. Representatives of business, NGOs, universities, environmental consultants and the legal bar gathered on short notice to ques…Continue reading the post titled Strong Interest in Green Shift
Ontario has pushed through a regulation that gives residents no say in the type or location of most future transit projects. Ontario regulation 231/08, which came into effect June 24, exempts virtually all transit projects from conventional environmental assessment. Instead, major transit pr…Continue reading the post titled Transit EA
Federal Court of Appeal narrows CEAA
The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the federal government’s narrow interpretation of its Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”). In Red Chris Development Co. Ltd. versus Miningwatch Canada, Miningwatch tried, unsuccessfully, to compel the federal government to c…Continue reading the post titled Federal Court of Appeal narrows CEAA
Lafarge to appeal landmark decision
Lafarge announced today that it will seek leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal from the June 18 decision of the Divisional Court. (See https://www.siskinds.com/2008/06/19/lafarge-victory/). Lafarge points out that the court’s ruling would discourage alternative energy investments in …Continue reading the post titled Lafarge to appeal landmark decision
Dianne's OMEX lecture
The Ontario Municipal Insurance Exchange has been kind enough to post their video of Dianne’s recent lecture on climate change. Enjoy!Continue reading the post titled Dianne's OMEX lecture
Federal climate change legislation?
For the second time in a year, the federal House of Commons has passed climate change legislation put forward by the opposition parties. On June 4, the House gave third reading to Bill C-377, an Act to ensure Canada assumes its responsibilities in preventing dangerous climate change:Continue reading the post titled Federal climate change legislation?