Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations
The federal government has reached an equivalency agreement with Quebec over wastewater pollution regulations intended to protect fish. Under the federal Fisheries Act, the federal government can agree NOT to apply its regulations in a province, if it agrees that provincial regulations in th…View the post titled Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations
Hear a podcast with Dianne Saxe
Thanks to Husein Panju for hosting a podcast interview with Dianne on his new site, LawyerEd. Topics include: climate change, polluted lands, and environmental personal liability.View the post titled Hear a podcast with Dianne Saxe
Kawartha oil spill cost recovery litigation drags on
City of Kawartha Lakes taxpayers continue to pay heavily for the Ministry of the Environment’s 2009 order, which required the City to cleanup an oil spill that it did not cause. While everyone agreed that the City was an innocent victim of the spill, the Ministry saddled the City with $471,6…View the post titled Kawartha oil spill cost recovery litigation drags on
Another court refuses to impose minimum environmental fines
I’m glad to see the courts making more use of s. 59(2) to offset the unreasonable harshness that the minimum environmental fine regime can create.View the post titled Another court refuses to impose minimum environmental fines
Planning for drought and drinking water in Ontario
Climate change is worsening flooding but it will also bring faster spring runoffs, hotter summers, more evaporation and droughts. What will that mean for Ontario’s drinking water supply? Source water protection committees are trying to plan ahead. According to the Minister of Environme…View the post titled Planning for drought and drinking water in Ontario
Will Toronto go to full cost recovery in Surcharge Agreements?
In 2008, Toronto’s Auditor General’s Report on Protecting Water Quality and Preventing Pollution recommended that Toronto should charge industries the full cost of sampling, testing and treating their high strength sewage. In November 2012, Toronto Council considered, and rejected, the…View the post titled Will Toronto go to full cost recovery in Surcharge Agreements?
Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeals
The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has rejected two more anti-wind appeals, Cham Shan Temple v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (13-140) and County of Lambton v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (14-065). Citing the Divisional Court decisions in Dixon v Director, the Tribun…View the post titled Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeals
Ontario’s Climate Change Consultations
We recently blogged about Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015. The paper reveals the province’s current thinking on climate change policy options and seeks public input on the following specific questions: 1. How can Ontario better support scientific research to advance future tec…View the post titled Ontario’s Climate Change Consultations
More cities adopting stormwater fees: you pave, you pay
In 2011, we wrote about the innovative stormwater fee adopted by Kitchener, Ontario, following English and American precedents. Instead of funding storm water management through fees for municipal water, which penalizes heavy water users such as laundries, these municipalities fund the cost…View the post titled More cities adopting stormwater fees: you pave, you pay
Gas Station Minimum $25,000 Fine Under Federal CEPA
A gas station operating on a First Nations Reserve in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan was ordered to pay $25,000 for failing to comply with Environment Canada enforcement orders. Blackhawk’s Gas, owned by a numbered company, had failed to take specific measures relating to sections of the Storage Ta…View the post titled Gas Station Minimum $25,000 Fine Under Federal CEPA
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