Contaminated sites change in Provincial Policy Statement
The Ontario Provincial Policy Statement (PPS)has recently changed how it refers to contaminated sites. The PPS is the official expression of the provincial government’s policies on land use planning. It applies province-wide and “provides clear policy direction on land use planning to …Continue reading the post titled Contaminated sites change in Provincial Policy Statement
Environmental orders: no stay pending appeal
Is the "public interest" in getting environmental work done immediately more important than whether there is a sound legal basis for making a particular person pay for it?Continue reading the post titled Environmental orders: no stay pending appeal
Yukon proposes eco fees on tires and electronics
The Yukon government has proposed a new recycling regulation that includes eco fees on tires and electronics. The rollout of a similar system in Ontario several years ago, for household hazardous waste, was fumbled and created an embarrassing backlash. Since then, Ontario has been “al…Continue reading the post titled Yukon proposes eco fees on tires and electronics
Chevron intervention: what is the “public interest”?
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has been engaged in a fierce internal debate over the Association’s decision, now revoked, to intervene in Chevron’s appeal to the Supreme Court. The Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the case are seeking to enforce a $9.5 billion judgment obtained in Ecuador for te…Continue reading the post titled Chevron intervention: what is the “public interest”?
Certificates of Property Use for contaminated sites
Certificates of Property Use and risk management measures for contaminated sitesContinue reading the post titled Certificates of Property Use for contaminated sites
Energy East Pipeline v Belugas, Part 2
The threatened white beluga whales of the St. Lawrence or high-noise pipeline work? Earlier this month we blogged about Justice Claudine Roy’s decision granting a temporary injunction to environmental groups, blocking Energy East Pipeline Ltd. and TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. from conducting e…Continue reading the post titled Energy East Pipeline v Belugas, Part 2
U.S. Pentagon: Climate Change an Immediate Security Threat
The U.S. Pentagon’s latest report, the 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, calls climate change an immediate threat to national security. The forward, by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, sets the tone: “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea le…Continue reading the post titled U.S. Pentagon: Climate Change an Immediate Security Threat
Appeal Court Rejects Pollution Exclusion in Oil Overflow
In O’Byrne et al. v. Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company (Lindsay), 2014 ONCA 543, the Ontario Court of Appeal has forced an insurer to pay for a fuel oil cleanup after a spill, despite a pollution exclusion clause. The case involved an “all risks” insurance policy. A tenant inserted a piece o…Continue reading the post titled Appeal Court Rejects Pollution Exclusion in Oil Overflow
Fossil fuel divestment catching on?
Is the tide turning on fossil fuel divestment? Climate Week featured promises, by some big mainstream investors, to start divesting from fossil fuels. Notable announcements included the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which was built on the Standard Oil fortune. Europe has more than nine fossil f…Continue reading the post titled Fossil fuel divestment catching on?
New Biodiversity Treaty in effect this week
Fair sharing of biodiversity: The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, under the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), enters into force this week. The Protocol is an international environmental a…Continue reading the post titled New Biodiversity Treaty in effect this week