Is parent company liable for crimes of foreign subsidiary?
The Ontario Superior Court has dismissed Hudbay Minerals’ motion to strike out the claims against it, and its subsidiary, for rapes and other human rights abuses allegedly committed in Guatemala. The Court concluded that the plaintiffs’ claim, that the Canadian parent company is …Continue reading the post titled Is parent company liable for crimes of foreign subsidiary?
Environmental Tribunal reluctantly approves wind turbines near eagles' nest
The Environmental Review Tribunal has issued another decision approving a 45 turbine wind farm, but strongly recommended that the proponent defer or relocate the two turbines within 800 metres of a bald eagles’ nest. Lewis v. MOE, 13-044 is an appeal from a Renewable Energy Approval Nu…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Tribunal reluctantly approves wind turbines near eagles' nest
Philippines calls for "emergency climate pathway"
In an impassioned speech at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Kyoto Protocol, the Philippines’ chief negotiator, Yeb Sano, called on the parties to take immediate, drastic action to tackle the climate crisis. IISD VIDEO: Philippines delegate Naderev Saño COP19 Warsaw R…Continue reading the post titled Philippines calls for "emergency climate pathway"
For environmental liability, who is an "officer"?
Who is an “officer”? Section 194 of the Ontario Environmental Protection Act imposes substantial duties on corporate officers and directors, without defining who they are. It is essential for people to know whether these duties and this environmental liability applies to them. If…Continue reading the post titled For environmental liability, who is an "officer"?
Regulators of fracking negligent? Alberta case cut down
Can energy and environmental regulators be successfully sued if they allow fracking to contaminate drinking water? Jessica Ernst is trying with her lawsuit against EnCana, the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and the Alberta government for the contamination of her property …Continue reading the post titled Regulators of fracking negligent? Alberta case cut down
Why don't we do more to protect fish in Algonquin Park?
We are proud of our long association with the knowledgeable and devoted scientists of Algonquin Eco watch, a volunteer group devoted to the protection of the much loved Algonquin Park ecosystem.Logging/ mining Algonquin Park is their latest presentation on why logging and aggregate mining in…Continue reading the post titled Why don't we do more to protect fish in Algonquin Park?
Another environmental conviction for Ministry of Transportation
In an unusual turn of events, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has had two Fisheries Act convictions this fall: one for road construction and design, the other for road maintenance.Continue reading the post titled Another environmental conviction for Ministry of Transportation
Cascades/ Superior paper mill cleanup: final settlement?
Going after individuals for cleanups of historic contamination continues to pay off for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.Continue reading the post titled Cascades/ Superior paper mill cleanup: final settlement?
Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory Faces Complaints From Neighbors; Could This Happen In Ontario?
Hoy Fong Foods, the maker of popular hot sauce Sriracha, has come under criticism from its neighbors who claim that its factory in California is emitting an unpleasant odour. Is this a case of NIMBYism or a legitimate complaint? Perhaps a more pressing question for Ontario business owners is…Continue reading the post titled Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory Faces Complaints From Neighbors; Could This Happen In Ontario?
Scott Environmental fined $96,250 for bad waste parking
Environmental fines for relatively minor offences are soaring. Scott Environmental Group Limited owns and operates waste disposal sites in Kingston, to treat, process and/or transfer a wide variety of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. Each site operates under a detailed Environmental Compl…Continue reading the post titled Scott Environmental fined $96,250 for bad waste parking