Fine of $345,000 plus jail for hog manure
Eric and Yvonne Van Boekel, Van Boekel Hog Farms Inc. and Van Boekel Holdings Inc. were fined a total of $345,000 plus 25% victim fine surcharge, for repeated hog manure spills from two pig farms, that caused adverse effects to their neighbours and impaired water quality. Mr. Van Boekel was…Continue reading the post titled Fine of $345,000 plus jail for hog manure
Conservation authorities permitting changes
The Ministry of Natural Resources has Proposed Amendments to Conservation Authority Regulations made and approved under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act. The amendments don’t seem objectionable. They are intended to streamline the permitting process for grading and fillin…Continue reading the post titled Conservation authorities permitting changes
Biggest World Risks for the Next Decade
The World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network has published a fascinating, if sobering, overview of major risks that face the world in the next decade: Global Risks 2012, 7th edition. They predict that economic and societal factors are the most likely to cause major problems, but th…Continue reading the post titled Biggest World Risks for the Next Decade
Sunrise Propane prosecution to start
On August 10, 2008, a propane explosion occurred at the Sunrise Propane distribution plant located on Murray Road in Toronto, Ontario. The explosion forced the evacuation of approximately 12,500 residents and caused widespread damage and injury. Sunrise employee Parminder Singh Saini, 25, wa…Continue reading the post titled Sunrise Propane prosecution to start
Old windows for a good cause?
Do you have any old wooden sash windows sitting in the garage? The wonderful Toronto Atmospheric Fund wants about 30 of them to make a new dividing wall that lets more light into their offices. If you can help, please e-mail Lyle Jones, [email protected] –they will pick them up!Continue reading the post titled Old windows for a good cause?
Keystone rejected, for now
The Obama administration announced today they will reject the permit on the controversial 1,700-mile oil sands pipeline project, Keystone XL, because the US Congress forced an immediate decision before the proposed route revision through Nebraska could be studied. Transcanada will reapply, s…Continue reading the post titled Keystone rejected, for now
Approvals Reform, phase 2
The Ministry of the Environment is moving into the second phase of its long-awaited comprehensive approval reforms. The first part of the new approvals framework became operational on October 31, 2011.Two more parts of this initiative are now open for public consultation. The first isContinue reading the post titled Approvals Reform, phase 2
Roundup on "Roundup"
Dianne is quoted in this week’s Lawyers Weekly about the hard-won “special review” of glyphosate, a weed-control product that contains the pesticide polyoxyethylene tallow amines, and is also known as Roundup. The case is: Wier v. Canada (Minister of Health),  F.C.J. No. 1583. T…Continue reading the post titled Roundup on "Roundup"
What's happened to federal enforcement?
In Getting Tough on Environmental Crime?, Ecojustice collates fragmentary, publicly available information to show the marked decline in federal environmental inspections and convictions since 2004.Continue reading the post titled What's happened to federal enforcement?
Biodiversity protection- how good?
Just as the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources brace for cuts, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has released another timely special report on the grave threats to biodiversity in Ontario.Continue reading the post titled Biodiversity protection- how good?