Environmental Assessments no longer necessary?
In May 2017 the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reported the existence of approximately 16 dams located throughout northern British Colombia constructed without the proper regulatory approvals. The dams were allegedly constructed by Progress Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Petro…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Assessments no longer necessary?
USMCA Trade Deal and the Environment
On September 30, 2018, the United States, Mexico, and Canada announced the completion of negotiations of a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). While much commentary has already been written about the winners…Continue reading the post titled USMCA Trade Deal and the Environment
Superior Court of Justice Dismisses Third Party Action for Professional Negligence arising from the Purchase of Contaminated Land
The Superior Court of Justice recently granted a motion to dismiss a third party claim for professional negligence in a proceeding involving the purchase of a contaminated property that was subject to a remediation order registered on title (the “Contaminated Property”). CN Railway Company v…Continue reading the post titled Superior Court of Justice Dismisses Third Party Action for Professional Negligence arising from the Purchase of Contaminated Land
Examining Shared Environmental Interests with the Michigan State Bar Webcast
On November 12th, members of State Bar of Michigan and the Ontario Bar Association come together to discuss environmental law topics relevant to lawyers on both sides of the border. Moderated by Siskinds LLP partner Paula Lombardi, speakers will discuss the impact of the deep geological repo…Continue reading the post titled Examining Shared Environmental Interests with the Michigan State Bar Webcast
Noble Prize Winner Recommends Tax on Carbon Emissions
Professor William D. Nordhaus, an economist from Yale who has dedicated more than forty years attempting to convince governments to address climate change through the imposition on a tax on carbon emissions was awarded the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Professor Nordhaus ha…Continue reading the post titled Noble Prize Winner Recommends Tax on Carbon Emissions
Environmental Commissioner’s 2018 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report
On September 25, 2018, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released the 2018 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report: Climate Action in Ontario: What’s Next? The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario created by the Environme…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Commissioner’s 2018 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report
Environmental Review Tribunal Clarifies Section 34(1) of OWRA
The Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) recently released a decision clarifying the scope of section 34(1) of the Ontario Water Resources Act R.S.O. 1990, c. O.40, (“OWRA”). The City of Thunder Bay (“City”) in Thunder Bay (City) v. Ontario (Environment, Conservation and Parks), ERT no. 18-…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Review Tribunal Clarifies Section 34(1) of OWRA
Ontario Files Argument in Court Challenge of Federal Carbon Tax Act
On September 14, 2018, the government of Ontario filed a statement of particulars in the constitutional challenge of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act filed on August 1, 2018. By Order in Council the Province set out the question to be addressed by the court as: “…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Files Argument in Court Challenge of Federal Carbon Tax Act
Ecojustice and Greenpeace Take Action
On September 12, 2018 Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic and the University of Ottawa partnering with Greenpeace Canada filed a lawsuit to stop Bill 4, the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018. The claim alleges that the government “unlawfully failed” to engage in public consultations over …Continue reading the post titled Ecojustice and Greenpeace Take Action
Ontario Superior Court of Justice Sets Aside Provisions of Legislation Cutting Toronto City Council in Half in City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151.
In July 2018, merely one month into his new role as Ontario Premier, Doug Ford announced his intention to reduce the number of Councillors in the City of Toronto by almost 50%. Bill 5, Better Local Government Act (“Bill 5”), which received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018, reduced the number …Continue reading the post titled Ontario Superior Court of Justice Sets Aside Provisions of Legislation Cutting Toronto City Council in Half in City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151.