Class Action for Harming Bees with Neonicotinoids
This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm caused by Neonicotinoid pesticides, potentially responsible for the worldwide collapse of bee and other pollinator populations.Continue reading the post titled Class Action for Harming Bees with Neonicotinoids
Crowdfunding to defend anti-fracking bylaw
The tiny Québec village of Ristigouche-Sud-Est, population 168, is crowdfunding to pay for the defence of its anti-fracking by-law, intended to protect municipal drinking water. Ristigouche is reportedly one of more than 70 Québec municipalities that have adopted anti-fracking bylaws to prot…Continue reading the post titled Crowdfunding to defend anti-fracking bylaw
Privacy Commissioner: must disclose sources of fill
The Township of Scugog refused to disclose the sources of the fill it had purchased, on the basis that this was confidential third party information, exempted from disclosure under section 10(1) of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. In Township of Scugog (Re)…Continue reading the post titled Privacy Commissioner: must disclose sources of fill
Innovative illustration of the climate change consensus
In its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded: “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.” Skeptical Science, a website dedicating to explaining “wha…Continue reading the post titled Innovative illustration of the climate change consensus
Convictions for not reporting natural gas?
Just as we predicted after R. v. Castonguay, the Ministry of the Environment is aggressively prosecuting in new areas of the economy, for not reporting events that are far from conventional “pollution”. This time, it was a natural gas leak. Three Ontario companies were fined $17,…Continue reading the post titled Convictions for not reporting natural gas?
Municipal Anti-Wind By-Laws Inoperative
Another Ontario municipality’s attempts to block wind energy development have been thrown out by the courts. Municipalities cannot use anti-wind by-laws to frustrate Renewable Energy Approvals (REA), under the Green Energy Act, S.O. 2009, c. 12 (“Green Energy Act”).Continue reading the post titled Municipal Anti-Wind By-Laws Inoperative
Should Energy Board consider climate before approving pipelines?
Can, and should, the National Energy Board consider climate impacts before approving oil pipelines? The federal government says no, objectors say yes. Now the courts must decide.Continue reading the post titled Should Energy Board consider climate before approving pipelines?
Removing Locked Bikes From Public Property: Bad Idea, But Not Theft.
Earlier this month, Torontonians learned that Brookfield Property Group was cutting the locks off of bikes parked outside their Hudson’s Bay Centre Building. Knowing that we are devoted cyclists, a number of readers have asked us whether their actions constitute theft. Under the Crimin…Continue reading the post titled Removing Locked Bikes From Public Property: Bad Idea, But Not Theft.
2014 Pesticide Prosecution “Roundup”
Earlier this summer we reported that Ontario Pesticide Act prosecutions have become infrequent since the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOE) stopped having specialized pesticide enforcement staff. Now that the season is soon to change over, we decided to take a look at the y…Continue reading the post titled 2014 Pesticide Prosecution “Roundup”
Should Children Have a Right to a Healthy Environment?
On June 17, 2014, several environmental groups in New Brunswick circulated for comment a draft environmental bill of rights for children. Called “A Bill of Rights to Protect Children’s Health from Environmental Hazards,” it is the first of its kind in Canada. If passed, the law would confer …Continue reading the post titled Should Children Have a Right to a Healthy Environment?