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Published on: 30 Jul 2014 By

Environmental consultant’s negligence claim to proceed

Environmental consultant’s negligence claims for failing to clean up contaminated sites continue to multiply. The Ontario Superior Court recently allowed a professional negligence lawsuit to go ahead against an Ontario environmental consultant, XCG, despite a long delay, which,  accord…

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Published on: 23 Jul 2014 By

Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries

Ontario’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, has intervened decisively to stop Waste Diversion Ontario from approving now two controversial proposed Industry Stewardship Plans: one from Call2Recycle for used batteries, and one from Product Care Association…

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Published on: 18 Jul 2014 By

National Conservation Plan, instead of regulation?

On June 26, 2014, the Harper Government “celebrated” the launch of the National Conservation Plan. The Plan would invest $252 million over five years in “securing ecologically sensitive lands,” “supporting conservation efforts,” wetlands restoration, and “to encourage Canadians to connect wi…

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Published on: 14 Jul 2014 By

Ontario to slash funds for household hazardous waste?

We hear that today’s Ontario budget may contain an unwelcome surprise for municipal waste managers: a quiet mid year cut to provincial funding for municipal Household Hazardous Waste programs. The province has been subsidizing these programs since 2010, when it ignominiously cancelled …

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Published on: 10 Jul 2014 By

Toronto Public Health Reveals Local Air Pollution Sources

Local air pollution from small sources like autobody shops and corner laundries cause the deaths of at least 120 city residents each year, according to the Toronto Star  citing a Toronto Public Health study called ChemTRAC. ChemTRAC is a program implemented by the City of Toronto under its E…

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Published on: 8 Jul 2014 By

When it comes to anti-wind power appeals, all turtles are not created equal

The Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal, holding that evidence to substantiate claims of “serious and irreversible harm to animal life” must be site-specific, species-specific, and quantifiable. The Tribunal released its decision in Bain v. Director, Mi…

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Published on: 3 Jul 2014 By

Neighbours must pay their fair share to prune boundary trees

A new case from the Ontario Superior Court has ruled that the costs associated with pruning and maintaining trees growing on property lines should be shared between owners of neighbouring properties, and municipalities must take this principle into account in issuing maintenance orders again…

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