Combined EPA/OHSA Fine of $5.3 Million Upheld
The explosions that occurred at a propane facility in Toronto in 2008 are difficult to forget. The explosions resulted in the catastrophic death of a worker, damage to surrounding homes and an area wide evacuation. On appeal an Ontario judge upheld a combined EPA and OHSA fine in the amount …Continue reading the post titled Combined EPA/OHSA Fine of $5.3 Million Upheld
People, Planet, Profit: Corporate Social Responsibility in an Environmentally Conscious Marketplace
While not a new concept, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a driving force in today’s marketplace, influencing the way business is conducted in virtually every industry. Modern businesses are encouraged, by both laws and industry, to engage in practices that extend beyond the …Continue reading the post titled People, Planet, Profit: Corporate Social Responsibility in an Environmentally Conscious Marketplace
Bill 21: Seeking to Make Fossil Fuel Producers Strictly Liable for Climate Harms in Ontario
Ontario NDP MPP Peter Tabuns has introduced a private bill that seeks to establish statute-based civil liability for climate change against certain private actors. Bill 21 would enact the “Liability for Climate-Related Harms Act, 2018” (the “Act”), making fossil fuel producers strictly liabl…Continue reading the post titled Bill 21: Seeking to Make Fossil Fuel Producers Strictly Liable for Climate Harms in Ontario
Reform of the Federal Environmental Assessment Regime Under Bill C-69: Many Faces of Critique
Bill C-69, the federal government’s proposal for changing the current environmental assessment regime, is currently at first reading. The Bill proposes to reconfigure the way that potential environmental impacts of a project are evaluated in advance of its approval. The proposed changes are …Continue reading the post titled Reform of the Federal Environmental Assessment Regime Under Bill C-69: Many Faces of Critique
Public Interest Intervention in Private Environmental Disputes
A recent decision from the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Huang v Fraser Hillary’s Limited, 2018 ONCA 277, underscores the challenges faced by parties seeking to intervene in private environmental disputes. Background Fraser Hillary’s Limited (“FHL”) is the corporate owner of a property in Ott…Continue reading the post titled Public Interest Intervention in Private Environmental Disputes
Environmental Review Tribunal Denies Costs for Successful REA Appellants
In the latest chapter in the appeal of the renewable energy approval (“REA”) for a wind farm in Clearview Township, Simcoe County, the Environmental Review Tribunal (“Tribunal”) denied the Appellants’ request for costs. The Appellants, comprised of an assortment of individuals, municipalitie…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Review Tribunal Denies Costs for Successful REA Appellants
A Multi-Jurisdictional Action Plan to Reduce Algal Blooms in Lake Erie
The Ontario and federal governments have recently announced the enactment of a joint action plan for reducing algal blooms in Lake Erie. The Lake Erie Action Plan identifies numerous actions aimed at reducing the amount of phosphorus entering into Lake Erie by 40 per cent below 2008 levels. …Continue reading the post titled A Multi-Jurisdictional Action Plan to Reduce Algal Blooms in Lake Erie
Unreasonable Delay in Environmental Prosecutions after R v Jordan: Where Are We Now?
The 2016 Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Jordan, 2016 SCC 27, created a major stir in the criminal bar by clarifying what constitutes an accused’s right under subsection 11(b) of the Charter to be tried within a reasonable time. There was speculation at the time of the decision’s rel…Continue reading the post titled Unreasonable Delay in Environmental Prosecutions after R v Jordan: Where Are We Now?
Will 2018 be the Year of the Single-Use Plastics Ban?
Bans on single-use plastics are on the rise. As media attention increasingly focuses on the topic, jurisdictions all over the world are introducing bans on single-use plastic products such as grocery bags, utensils, and cups. The bans respond to the growing, and increasingly recognized, prob…Continue reading the post titled Will 2018 be the Year of the Single-Use Plastics Ban?
We Wrote the Chapter on Environmental Litigation
The Siskinds Environmental Group is pleased to announce that Paula Lombardi, Partner and Group Lead, and Kirsten Mikadze, Associate, have co-authored a chapter on environmental claims in the third edition of Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings. The volum…Continue reading the post titled We Wrote the Chapter on Environmental Litigation