Heavier cyclist-friendly fines now in effect
Starting today, September 1, 2015, drivers–and cyclists–will face stiffer fines for a variety of unsafe behaviours. The “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, which sailed through the legislature with unanimous support in June, seeks to reduce collisions on the roads. Many of the chan…Continue reading the post titled Heavier cyclist-friendly fines now in effect
Precautionary principle stronger part of Canadian law
This may be the strongest, most nuanced judicial statement on the precautionary principle in Canada since the Supreme Court of Canada first recognized it in SpraytechContinue reading the post titled Precautionary principle stronger part of Canadian law
Should non-human animals have rights?
Who is a “person”? If corporations can be “persons”, why not chimpanzees? Do sentient non-human animals deserve legal rights? The Nonhuman Rights Project is a US civil rights organization working to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own…Continue reading the post titled Should non-human animals have rights?
The Dutch Climate Case: Beginning of a New Era of Climate Litigation?
In an worldwide first, the Hague District Court has ordered the Dutch government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by at least 25% compared to 1990 levels by the end of 2020. The decision, an English translation of which can be found here, has been widely reported and discussed (inc…Continue reading the post titled The Dutch Climate Case: Beginning of a New Era of Climate Litigation?
Pivotal lawsuit over the Peel River watershed
Can the Yukon government simply reject what the First Nations have to say about the exploitation of their traditional territory?Continue reading the post titled Pivotal lawsuit over the Peel River watershed
Drought: Water restrictions reach oilsands
Unprecedented water use restrictions, due to widespread and extreme drought, are in force in western parts of the US and Canada.California is in its worst drought on record. Widespread water shortages have prompted state governor Jerry Brown to proclaim a State of Emergency and issue an exec…Continue reading the post titled Drought: Water restrictions reach oilsands
Banning the Microbead
In case you missed it a few weeks back, the federal government made an unexpected announcement just days before the federal election campaign was announced: it intends to ban the use of microbead products in personal care products. So how will it work? The government proposes publishing an O…Continue reading the post titled Banning the Microbead
Boundary trees: sometimes good fences don’t make good neighbours
The issue of boundary trees—trees that straddle property lines—appears to be a growing, and increasingly confusing, legal concern for Toronto neighbours. Earlier this year, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice was again asked to untangle a boundary tree-related dispute between two Toronto n…Continue reading the post titled Boundary trees: sometimes good fences don’t make good neighbours
Waste manifests v TDGR: when fed/ prov rules conflict
New Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulation (TDGR) requirements are no longer quite consistent with the federal/provincial waste manifest form. This is challenging for shippers and waste managers. One problem is the change in sequence of required items. TDGR s. 3.5 requires the sequence…Continue reading the post titled Waste manifests v TDGR: when fed/ prov rules conflict
Obama’s Clean Power Plan: “There is such a thing as being too late”
In a passionate announcement on Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled the United States’ plan for doing its part to combat climate change: the Clean Power Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan sets out to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from power stations, which comprise the single largest …Continue reading the post titled Obama’s Clean Power Plan: “There is such a thing as being too late”