Waste Characterization must be Correct
An Alberta case, Wainwright v. GM Pearson, has reinforced the duties of care owed by waste generators and handlers to everyone down the chain, including those who ultimately dispose of its waste. This case involved drums of lacquer dust, characterized by the generators as solid, non-hazardou…View the post titled Waste Characterization must be Correct
Danier Class Action
The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision, imposing a million dollars in court costs on an unsuccessful plaintiff in a proposed class action, may give pause to some potential environmental plaintiffs and their legal counsel. However, the court emphasized that the plaintiff was a multi-mil…View the post titled Danier Class Action
Nobel Prize for Gore
We are delighted to congratulate Al Gore on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, for his tireless work to awaken the world to the crisis of climate change. As the scientific drumbeats grow louder and louder, the need for action grows ever more urgent. Thanks to Gore and others like him, perhaps …View the post titled Nobel Prize for Gore
Bike Lanes and the DCA
Why don’t our municipalities have better environmental infrastructure? One answer is: the Development Charges Act (DCA)! While cycling recently with one Ontario mayor, I asked why his fast-growing municipality did so little to encourage bicycle commuting. He knows that cycling is a great way…View the post titled Bike Lanes and the DCA
General Chemical Canada: Another Orphan Site
Contaminated sites continue to keep the courts busy. This month, the Ontario Court of Appeal allowed a secured creditor to take $3.75 million out of a bankrupt firm, despite MOE objections that the money was needed to cleanup the bankrupt’s pollution. In Harbert Distressed Investment F…View the post titled General Chemical Canada: Another Orphan Site
SWSSA, where are you?
One of the key promises the Ontario government wanted to keep before this election was to implement all of the recommendations of the Walkerton Inquiry. And, indeed, the government now proudly announces that it has done just that. However, there has been no progress on one of the statutes th…View the post titled SWSSA, where are you?
Remember Punch Cards?
Thirty years ago, computer geeks programmed and stored all data with punch cards. Many of those cards were printed in rented facilities on Commander Boulevard, Toronto, a street already famous for setting pollution precedents. As it turns out, the coloured stripe across the top of the cards …View the post titled Remember Punch Cards?
With the provincial election in full swing, all parties are making environmental promises. The reigning Liberals are promising to: • Create a tough new toxic reduction law • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6% below 1990 levels by 2014, 15% below by 2020 and 80% by 2050, e.g. by – Co…View the post titled Election Promises
Torrey Canyon – We do learn from some mistakes
Forty years ago, one of the largest maritime pollution disasters occurred: the wreck of the Torrey Canyon, the first big maritime oil spill. In response to this catastrophe, the oil tanker industry improved standards and set up a cooperative response system called the International Tanker Ow…View the post titled Torrey Canyon – We do learn from some mistakes
They put a Subdivision Where?
A Newfoundland case has sent a discouraging warning to major industries across the country. City Sand and Gravel Limited operated a quarry in St. John’s. Because of the regular blasting, the Department of Mines and Energy required a buffer zone of 300 meters between the quarry and resi…View the post titled They put a Subdivision Where?
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