Why buy a contaminated site, then sue?
I continue to be amazed by the number of people who knowingly (or carelessly) buy a contaminated site, wrongly assuming that they will have an automatic right to successfully sue a neighbour for the cost of cleanup. What advice are they getting from the real estate and litigation bar? I can&…Continue reading the post titled Why buy a contaminated site, then sue?
New environmental laws in Ontario
It was a big week for new environmental laws in Ontario. Last week, on November 3, a trio of environmental laws–each of which has suffered a tortured history of introduction, death, and re-incarnation–finally received royal assent and came into effect: the Great Lakes Protection…Continue reading the post titled New environmental laws in Ontario
Neonic pesticides: Bee protection regulation upheld
An Ontario Superior Court has upheld provincial regulation to dramatically reduce the number of acres planted with corn and soybean seeds coated with a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids or neonics, which are toxic to bees and other essential pollinators. In Grain Farmers of Ontario…Continue reading the post titled Neonic pesticides: Bee protection regulation upheld
Teaching Americans about Ontario water law
Dianne Saxe was honoured with an invitation to present to the prestigious annual fall conference of the American Bar Association Section on Energy, Environment, and Resources Law (SEER). Her topic: water law. More particularly, Ontario and Canadian laws to protect the Great Lakes, including …Continue reading the post titled Teaching Americans about Ontario water law
Tribunal keeps upholding wind approvals
The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal keeps upholding wind projects, despite opponents’ arguments that annoyance about wind turbines ought to be considered an adverse health effect. In Dingeldein v. Ontario (Director, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change), 2015 CarswellO…Continue reading the post titled Tribunal keeps upholding wind approvals
Dust in the wind: big fine for blowing tailings dust
The recent conviction of Unimin Canada Ltd (R v Unimin Canada Ltd, 2015 CarswellOnt 11640) underscores again the potential regulatory costs of failing to take appropriate preventative measures to ensure compliance with the Environmental Protection Act, RSO 1990, c E.19 (“EPA”)&…Continue reading the post titled Dust in the wind: big fine for blowing tailings dust
NEB updating pipeline damage prevention framework, seeking comments
The National Energy Board (“NEB”) is currently seeking comments on its proposed approach to damage prevention for oil pipelines. Anyone interested in commenting has until November 13, 2015 to do so. The Pipeline Safety Act, SC 2015, c.21, received Royal Assent on June 18, 2015, b…Continue reading the post titled NEB updating pipeline damage prevention framework, seeking comments
Liberal platform on environment
According to the Liberal Party website, the new Canadian government will: reverse the cuts that the Conservatives made to federal environmental laws and environmental assessments, consider climate change when proposing oil infrastructure, support government scientists, take climate change mo…Continue reading the post titled Liberal platform on environment
Our practice is moving
Saxe Law Office is pleased to announce that, as of November 30, 2015, our environmental law practice is joining the respected mid-size law firm, Siskinds LLP. Our skilled associates, Paula Boutis and Kirsten Mikadze, will be moving to Siskinds’ Toronto office. They will be continuing …Continue reading the post titled Our practice is moving
Oil Pipelines and Climate Change: Eyes Wide Shut
Will the National Energy Board (“NEB”) listen to evidence about climate change when deciding whether to permit an oil pipeline? No, no, and no. The federal Conservatives have dramatically narrowed Canada’s environmental laws, in a concerted effort to force through approval of oil pipelines, …Continue reading the post titled Oil Pipelines and Climate Change: Eyes Wide Shut
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