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Published on: 23 Apr 2013 By

Pulitzer Prize for Reporting to Inside Climate News

Inside Climate News, a small online non-profit devoted to covering the changing climate, has won one of the most prestigious prizes in journalism. Three Inside Climate reporters received the National Reporting Pulitzer Prize for coverage of pipeline regulation and the hazards of tar sands oi…

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Published on: 18 Apr 2013 By

Unlimited personal no fault liability for directors and officers?

The Ontario government argued in Superior Court on April 18 that former corporate directors and officers have presumptive, unlimited, personal, no-fault liability to orders to pay all environmental costs associated with the assets of their former corporation, or of the subsidiaries of that c…

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Published on: 16 Apr 2013 By

Environmental Tribunal blocks afterthought grounds for leave to appeal

Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal has refused to allow a developer to completely change its proposed grounds for seeking leave to appeal an Environmental Compliance Approval given to an existing industry, under the Environmental Bill of Rights and the Environmental Protection Act…

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Published on: 10 Apr 2013 By

Imminent extinction of sage-grouse a red flag: oil wins in Canada, not environment

In ecology, an “indicator species” can act a red flag that environmental conditions are deteriorating. When the population of the indicator species declines, biologists who are monitoring the situation get a red flag that something is wrong. The pending extinction of the sage-gro…

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Published on: 9 Apr 2013 By

Shooting the messenger- National Roundtable on Environment and Economy

The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) was created 25 years ago to advise the Canadian government how to achieve a sustainable economy.  It operated as an arm’s length policy advisory agency with multi-stakeholder, cross Canada representation. The NRTEE took its j…

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Published on: 9 Apr 2013 By

Is the 310 Waste garbage fire case over again?

In the fall of 2004, there was a terrible garbage fire at a grossly overloaded waste transfer site on Keele Street in Vaughan, Ontario. The fire burned for days, sending choking smoke through neighbouring residences and schools. Huge amounts of public and private money were spent to fight th…

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