Ontario’s Halting Progress on Energy Conservation
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Gord Miller, released his 2014 Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report to the Legislature on January 13, 2015. Conclusion: we’re making progress on energy conservation, but there is so much more that could and should be done. Energy c…View the post titled Ontario’s Halting Progress on Energy Conservation
Ontario proposes new Drinking Water Standards
The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is proposing to tighten the permissible levels of some contaminants in piped drinking water, and to adopt standards for other as yet unregulated chemicals. MOECC is holding a Regulatory Consultation until February 16, 2005. The c…View the post titled Ontario proposes new Drinking Water Standards
Province and Feds Sign Great Lakes Act again
The Ontario and federal governments have signed the latest (8th) version of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health (2014 COA). The purpose of this agreement is to implement Canada’s commitments to protect the Great Lakes made in partnership with the Un…View the post titled Province and Feds Sign Great Lakes Act again
Shell Canada charged for Chemical Valley spill
In January of 2013, Shell Canada allegedly spilled “flare liquids”, similar to gasoline, from its refinery in Sarnia. People in a nearby First Nation (often affected by Chemical Valley spills) experienced odours, irritation and illness. After waiting until the end of the two year…View the post titled Shell Canada charged for Chemical Valley spill
Supreme Court hears Chevron Ecuador pollution appeal
Can foreign pollution judgments be enforced in Canada? The Supreme Court of Canada has heard arguments on the attempt by Ecuador pollution plaintiffs to enforce their $9 plus billion Ecuador judgment against Chevron’s Canadian assets, in Chevron Corporation, et al. v. Daniel Carlos Lus…View the post titled Supreme Court hears Chevron Ecuador pollution appeal
Sydney Tar Ponds Environmental Class Action is over
The neighbours wanted to hold the federal and provincial governments liable for air, water and soil pollution caused by the historic Sydney steel mill and coke worksView the post titled Sydney Tar Ponds Environmental Class Action is over
Less environmental enforcement = more private prosecutions?
When governments do little to enforce environmental laws, generally or in particular areas, private citizens and environmental groups sometimes try to fill the gaps with private prosecutions. These cases are burdensome and expensive to handle, but can make a significant difference, as Ecojus…View the post titled Less environmental enforcement = more private prosecutions?
Toronto's proposed contaminated land policy
Ontario’s Environment Industry Association wrote a thoughtful and helpful comment on the City of Toronto’s proposed Policy for Accepting Potentially Contaminated Lands to be Conveyed to the City under the Planning Act. Much progress has been made, but the proposed Policy still ha…View the post titled Toronto's proposed contaminated land policy
Endangered Species Act: Challenge to Exemptions
Ecojustice will be in court today. It will argue, on behalf of Ontario Nature and Wildlands League that Regulation 176/13, which allows major industries, such as forestry and mining developments, to avoid strict standards intended to protect at-risk species and their habitats, undermines and…View the post titled Endangered Species Act: Challenge to Exemptions
More on the anti-wind constitutional question
Court confirms the constitutional validity of the Ontario system for approving and regulating wind turbines, Green Energy Act, Environmental ProtectionView the post titled More on the anti-wind constitutional question
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