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…Continue reading the post titled Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries
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…Continue reading the post titled National Conservation Plan, instead of regulation?
Waterkeepers want notice of sewage bypasses
Congratulations to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper for their innovative application to the Ontario Environmental Commissioner, to force Toronto to give public notice when it bypasses sewage into Lake Ontario due to wet weather- about three times a month. The Environmental Bill of Rights allows anyo…Continue reading the post titled Waterkeepers want notice of sewage bypasses
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 …Continue reading the post titled Ontario to slash funds for household hazardous waste?
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…Continue reading the post titled Toronto Public Health Reveals Local Air Pollution Sources
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…Continue reading the post titled When it comes to anti-wind power appeals, all turtles are not created equal
Experts permitted to testify via telephone… sometimes
The Environmental Review Tribunal has granted a request to have expert witnesses testify via telephone conference call when the appellants argued that it would be too costly to have them attend in person, and that videoconferencing was also costly, as well as prone to technological failure. …Continue reading the post titled Experts permitted to testify via telephone… sometimes
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…Continue reading the post titled Neighbours must pay their fair share to prune boundary trees
New Minister of Environment and Climate Change
We’re rooting for Glen Murray, the new Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change.Continue reading the post titled New Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Current environmental liability issues for municipalities
On June 17, Dianne Saxe and Graham Rempe of the City Toronto’s Legal Services spoke on the issue of current environmental liabilities for municipalities. Graham gracious agreed to allow us to post the paper we prepared here. As the introduction explains: Few topics evoke more concern a…Continue reading the post titled Current environmental liability issues for municipalities