Another anti-wind power appeal dismissed
Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal: May 14, 2014, Pitt v. MOE ERT Registry Number: 13-121. The Wainfleet Wind Energy Project can now proceed, despite objections from a skydiving club. The ERT ruled that the club had not shown that…Continue reading the post titled Another anti-wind power appeal dismissed
First affidavits, Blue Box funding arbitration
For those interested in the Blue Box funding arbitration, which will decide how much stewards (brand owners) must pay of the annual net $228 million cost under the Waste Diversion Act, here are the affidavits of the witnesses who have already completed their testimony on behalf of the munici…Continue reading the post titled First affidavits, Blue Box funding arbitration
Climate warning labels on gasoline may become a reality
The municipality of West Vancouver, prompted by Grade 10 student Emily Kelsall, may be the first in Canada to put labels on gas nozzles warning of the dangers of climate change. The municipality is looking into whether it has the necessary power to enact such a bylaw, we think that they migh…Continue reading the post titled Climate warning labels on gasoline may become a reality
Seek Legal Advice Immediately Upon Receipt of a Request from the MOE
Landowners will often comply voluntarily with requests from the Ministry of the Environment (“MOE”), but cooperating may not always be in their best interest. Seeking early legal advice is important to determine what course of action, upon receiving notification, correspondence or an adminis…Continue reading the post titled Seek Legal Advice Immediately Upon Receipt of a Request from the MOE
Vermont adopts first US GMO food labelling law
Food produced from genetic engineering should be labeled as suchContinue reading the post titled Vermont adopts first US GMO food labelling law
Second shoe falls: flyrock discharge after Castonguay
If every rock that flies through the air, and does damage, is a "pollution" offence, what else is?Continue reading the post titled Second shoe falls: flyrock discharge after Castonguay
A rare pesticide prosecution
Ontario Pesticide Act prosecutions have become infrequent since the Ministry of the Environment stopped having specialized pesticide enforcement staff. It’s hard to know how much actual offences have decreased. The ban on cosmetic uses of pesticides may have helped, and pesticide opera…Continue reading the post titled A rare pesticide prosecution
Huge manure spill fines: $120,000 plus surcharge
Two hog farming businesses and a Director must pay manure spill fines of $120,000, plus $30,000 victim fine surcharges, for discharging pig manure into the Thames River and Sweets Creek. The manure impaired the quality of water, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act. The individual Dir…Continue reading the post titled Huge manure spill fines: $120,000 plus surcharge
Blue Box arbitration amended Claim
For those following the fascinating public/ private culture clash that is the Blue Box funding arbitration under the Waste Diversion Act, here is the Amended Municipal Claim. You will see that paragraphs 70 and 71 have been amended, to plead that the Cost Containment Plan was never a legally…Continue reading the post titled Blue Box arbitration amended Claim
Best practices for wells in Ontario?
Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment continues to adopt “best management practices” documents as guidance for environmental consultants and industries. The proposed draft guidance on Test Holes and Dewatering Wells: Requirements and Best Management Practices Manual is now …Continue reading the post titled Best practices for wells in Ontario?
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