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Published on: 3 Feb 2020 By

Climate Justice and Equality of Women and Girls

On November 7, 2019, the National Association of Women and the Law (“NAWL”) and Friends of the Earth (“FOE”) filed a Memorandum of Argument of the Proposed Intervenor in the Climate case being appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) by the Provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan. The F…

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Published on: 13 Jan 2020 By

Citizen suits against the government for GHG emissions

Numerous climate change actions have been brought against governmental entities globally within the past decade with increasing frequency. In Canada, three actions have been brought against the Canadian government within the past three years for insufficient action to reduce greenhouse gas e…

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Published on: 8 Nov 2019 By

What Are Your Environmental Rights in Ontario? An Overview of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993, S.O. 1993, c 28

Is there a right to a healthful environment in Ontario? Who has that right and what does it entail? Does the public have any say in the government’s ability to make environmentally significant decisions? These questions are the subject of longstanding and ongoing debates in Canadian environm…

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Published on: 27 Sep 2019 By

Surface Water, Natural Watercourses, and Municipal Drains: A Brief Guide to Drainage Rights in Rural Ontario

Do you have a right to block surface water from entering onto your property? Can you modify a natural watercourse? Are you legally obligated to prevent surface water on your property from travelling onto your neighbour’s property? Rural landowners are often confronted with these perplexing i…

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Published on: 9 Sep 2019 By

Federal Carbon Tax Appealed to Supreme Court

On August 28, 2019 the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced Ontario’s appeal of the Court of Appeal’s decision on the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to the Supreme Court of Canada. In making the announcement the Minister stated: …

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Published on: 27 Aug 2019 By

The Marine Liability Act and the “Polluter Pay” Regime: A Review of the Court’s Decision in British Columbia v. The Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, 2019 BCCA 232

Earlier this summer, the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Province of British Columbia concerning the Province’s liability for oil pollution under the federal Marine Liability Act, S.C. 2001, c.6. The pollution in question had emanated from a derelict vessel of whi…

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