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Published on: 18 Mar 2013 By

Information Commissioner asked to stop muzzling of government scientists

The Environmental Law Centre of the University of Victoria has written to Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada, asking her, pursuant to s. 30(1)(f) of the Access to Information Act, to: investigate the federal government’s policies and actions to obstruct the right of the publ…

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Published on: 14 Mar 2013 By

Environment Minister Bradley: what he’s done and doing on waste

Last week, Ontario Minister of the Environment, Jim Bradley, spoke to the Ontario Waste Management Association. He summarizes his Ministry’s considerable achievements of the last year on the waste file, and promises a new program for end of life vehicles, plus new framework legislation…

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Published on: 13 Mar 2013 By

Sunrise Propane explosion – landlords added to class action

Here’s an update on the Sunrise Propane explosion in Downsview, Ontario, and the gradual progress of the class action by the aggrieved neighbours. In July 2012, the Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice certified a class action against all proposed defendants except the Teskey defendants, whic…

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Published on: 12 Mar 2013 By

Timminco motion: A new twist in insolvency v environment

The insolvent metal processing company, Timminco, is attempting a new twist to “cleanse” creditors of environmental claims through insolvency law. They have applied to the Commercial List for permission to sell their valueless contaminated sites, for virtually nothing, to new sub…

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Published on: 11 Mar 2013 By

Antrim: Supreme Court gives compensation for nuisance when highway moved

The Supreme Court of Canada has restored compensation to the Antrim truck stop, which lost its coveted place on the edge of a major highway when the highway was moved. The Court held that the $393,000 loss in business loss and property value was too heavy to expect Antrim to shoulder alone, …

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Published on: 7 Mar 2013 By

Waste Excellence, $25,000 fine, forbidden partners at waste site

Yesterday, we reported the $20,000 fine imposed on Keele North Recycling Inc., relating to breaches of its Environmental Compliance Approval for its waste transfer and processing site at 10525 Keele Street. This troubled site was previously operated by Robert Sansone, 310 Waste and related c…

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Published on: 5 Mar 2013 By

Final regulations for heavy duty vehicle emissions

On February 25, 2013, the Federal Government followed the US and announced the final efficiency and emission standards for new on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines. The regulations are intended to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to match American req…

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