De-polluting end of life vehicles, at last?
After years of effort by Ontario’s mainstream auto recyclers, in cooperation with automobile manufacturers, the Ministry of the Environment is getting close to a permit-by-rule system for recycling end of life vehicles. Given the elaborate market that already exists for vehicle recycli…Continue reading the post titled De-polluting end of life vehicles, at last?
Dianne’s Halifax presentation on contaminated site litigation
Here is Dianne’s presentation to the Canadian Bar Association Mid-winter meeting in Halifax, on Contaminated Site Litigation after Inco. We include a really useful list of Caveat emptor case summaries, with thanks to researcher Kristen Courtney.Continue reading the post titled Dianne’s Halifax presentation on contaminated site litigation
Telling legitimate recycling from shams
Last week’s post on “recycling” batteries by turning them into roadbed aggregate, via mill slag, raised the question of what constitutes “legitimate” recycling. The US Environmental Protection Agency has been struggling with this issue for decades; claims to tur…Continue reading the post titled Telling legitimate recycling from shams
Waste Diversion groups can sit uncomfortably with the Competition Act
The industry funding organizations used to provide, or to fund, waste diversion can have anti-competitive effects. There is a natural tendency for large companies with market power to use that power to design waste diversion programs and organizations in their own interest and to create obst…Continue reading the post titled Waste Diversion groups can sit uncomfortably with the Competition Act
Challenge to Sage Grouse Protection Order
In December, the Federal Government followed through on its commitment (and obligation) to introduce an Emergency Protection Order for the Greater Sage Grouse, a species on the verge of extinction in Canada. Earlier this month, however, the City of Medicine Hat and LGX Oil & Gas Inc. fi…Continue reading the post titled Challenge to Sage Grouse Protection Order
Excess Soil Management Guidance finalized
The Ministry of the Environment has announced release of the final, Management of Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices is now available on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry and the ministry’s website. You can access the guide here. The document provides guidance on man…Continue reading the post titled Excess Soil Management Guidance finalized
Should roadbed slag count as battery recycling?
Waste Diversion Ontario is considering a proposal by Call2Recycle Canada to take over battery recycling from Ontario’s existing Consolidated Municipal Hazardous Solid Waste (CMHSW) diversion program under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002. Ontario’s battery recyclers (including our client)…Continue reading the post titled Should roadbed slag count as battery recycling?
Supreme Court: Honest efforts to understand the law are not enough
The Supreme Court of Canada has made compliance with ambiguous regulations tougher than ever, by ruling that honest efforts to understand the law (however confusing) are not enough. In La Souveraine, Compagnie d’assurance générale v. Autorité des marchés financiers, Sovereign General (SG) wa…Continue reading the post titled Supreme Court: Honest efforts to understand the law are not enough
Bicycling Law – Past and Future
In “The Rebirth of Bicycling Law“, Professor Christopher Waters provides a fascinating review of the history of bicycling law, dating back to the time when it was called “the law of the wheelman”, as well as a look forward to the future of the “cycling bar̶…Continue reading the post titled Bicycling Law – Past and Future
Ecojustice asks Commissioner to improve contaminated sites law
The farther we move away from the “polluter pay” principle, the greater the disarray in Ontario’s contaminated sites law and policy, and the greater its economic and environmental harm. The Ontario Bar Association is working on a submission to the Law Commission of Ontario,…Continue reading the post titled Ecojustice asks Commissioner to improve contaminated sites law