More on killing birds with buildings as an environmental offence
Ecojustice has settled its bird-killing prosecution against the Menkes Developments (Consilium Place) office complex. As described in a previous post, Ecojustice (as counsel for Ontario Nature) charged Menkes with environmental offences. They proved that these buildings were unusually danger…Continue reading the post titled More on killing birds with buildings as an environmental offence
Freedom of expression before environmental regulators and tribunals?
Environmental regulators and tribunals bear substantial responsibilities and make important decisions regarding development in Canada. If they won’t listen to opponents of a project, will they breach the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The issue has been raised before the cour…Continue reading the post titled Freedom of expression before environmental regulators and tribunals?
Deadline for comments on bee-killing pesticides
December 12 is the deadline for submitting comments to the federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency about its weak regulation of the bee-killing pesticides, neonicotinoid insecticides. Widespread use of neonicotinoids is strongly linked to deaths of both domestic and wild pollinators, but t…Continue reading the post titled Deadline for comments on bee-killing pesticides
Institute of Corporate Directors Webinar on No-fault Director's Liability
Many of you will be attending the Institute of Corporate Directors‘ very popular webinar this Thursday, on the Ministry of the Environment’s campaign to impose no-fault environmental liability on corporate officers and directors. I will be one of the presenters, together with Ne…Continue reading the post titled Institute of Corporate Directors Webinar on No-fault Director's Liability
Some Ontario action on nine endangered species
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is taking another small step towards doing something for nine endangered species. Recovery “strategies” have been announced; now the government has to say what they will actually do to implement them.Continue reading the post titled Some Ontario action on nine endangered species
London fined $20,000 for wastewater plant spill
The City of London was fined $20,000, plus the 25% victim fine surcharge, for breaching its Ministry of the Environment approval for a wastewater treatment plant, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act. The City of London owns and operates the Greenway Pollution Control Centre. The faci…Continue reading the post titled London fined $20,000 for wastewater plant spill
MOE explains its new Noise Guideline, NPC 300
Last month, the Ministry of the Environment’s new noise guideline came into force: NPC 300 – the new Environmental Noise Guideline: Stationary and Transportation Sources – Approval and Planning. It replaces the three old guidelines, LU-131, NPC-205, and NPC-232. NPC 300 includes …Continue reading the post titled MOE explains its new Noise Guideline, NPC 300
Off-shore wind law suit against Ontario will proceed
Trillium Power Wind Corporation’s planned off-shore wind farm in Lake Ontario was effectively cancelled by the provincial moratorium on off-shore wind development, openly adopted for political reasons. Trillium sued the Province for $2.25 billion in costs thrown away and loss of profi…Continue reading the post titled Off-shore wind law suit against Ontario will proceed
Buyer can’t void purchase of contaminated land
Crosslink Bridge Corp. (Crosslink) purchased contaminated land from CN Railway (CN) in 2008 to develop a tourism, entertainment, retail and sports venue in the Niagara region. Crosslink received a box of environmental reports, including the Certificate of Requirement (also registered on titl…Continue reading the post titled Buyer can’t void purchase of contaminated land
Can investigators be personally liable for the damage they do to their suspects?
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that it is not “plain and obvious” that regulatory investigators owe no duty of care to suspects under investigation. The same logic should apply to environmental investigators: shouldn’t they be personally liable to their suspects, if they misuse …Continue reading the post titled Can investigators be personally liable for the damage they do to their suspects?