Toronto Public Health Reveals Local Air Pollution Sources

by Jennifer Kalnins Temple on July 10, 2014

Local air pollution from small sources like autobody shops and corner laundries cause the deaths of at least 120 city residents each year, according to the Toronto Star  citing a Toronto Public Health study called ChemTRAC. [click to continue…]

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The Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal, holding that evidence to substantiate claims of “serious and irreversible harm to animal life” must be site-specific, species-specific, and quantifiable. The Tribunal released its decision in Bain v. Director, Ministry of the Environment, 2014 WL 888126 on February 27, 2014, allowing the five-wind turbine Emestown Windpark in Lennox and Addington County to proceed.

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Experts permitted to testify via telephone… sometimes

July 7, 2014

The Environmental Review Tribunal has granted a request to have expert witnesses testify via telephone conference call when the appellants argued that it would be too costly to have them attend in person, and that videoconferencing was also costly, as well as prone to technological failure.

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Neighbours must pay their fair share to prune boundary trees

July 3, 2014

A new case from the Ontario Superior Court has ruled that the costs associated with pruning and maintaining trees growing on property lines should be shared between owners of neighbouring properties, and municipalities must take this principle into account in issuing maintenance orders against homeowners.

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New Minister of Environment and Climate Change

July 3, 2014

We’re rooting for Glen Murray, the new Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

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Current environmental liability issues for municipalities

June 26, 2014

On June 17, Dianne and Graham Rempe of the City Toronto’s Legal Services spoke on the issue of current environmental liabilities for municipalities. Graham gracious agreed to allow us to post the paper we prepared here. As the introduction explains: Few topics evoke more concern about “vast” liability than environmental mishaps. Municipalities and their legal advisors are […]

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New Minister of Environment and Climate Change

June 25, 2014

Premier Wynne announced on June 24, 2014 that Glenn Murray will be the new Minister of the Environment and Climate change. According to the announcement, this is “an expanded portfolio that will ensure Ontario can protect the gains it has made in fighting climate change, lead Ontario’s mitigation and adaptation efforts to extreme weather and strengthen its […]

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Municipal Energy Consumption Reports due

June 24, 2014

An important Green Energy Act deadline arrives next week.

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Saxe Law Office Welcomes Jennifer Kalnins Temple

June 23, 2014

   Welcome Jennifer! Saxe Law Office is excited to welcome Jennifer Kalnins Temple to our team.  Jennifer recently returned to Canada after spending over a decade litigating environmental issues in the United States. After graduating from University of Toronto Law School in 2002, Jennifer became an associate at an international law firm, McDermott Will & Emery […]

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Good news for the sage grouse

June 19, 2014

As we have written before, the Greater Sage Grouse is on the verge of extinction in Canada, likely due to habitat loss related oil and gas development. Prompted by litigation, the federal government finally issued an Emergency Order to protect the grouse in December 2013. In January 2014, experts gathered at the Calgary Zoo to discuss […]

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Toronto Trees: $7B in health and environment

June 18, 2014

Toronto trees are worth an estimated $7 Billion, or about $700 per tree, according to a June 9, 2014, report from TD Economics. Toronto trees provide residents with over $80 million, or about $8 per tree, of environmental benefits and savings a year, as they are a critical factor in environmental conditions, human health and the overall quality of urban health. […]

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Alberta TCE class action – claims in trespass, nuisance, Rylands v. Fletcher dismissed

June 16, 2014

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) operated a train repair facility, known as the Ogden shops,  since the early 1900s in a heavily industrialized area outside Calgary. Over the years, a residential area grew up around the shops. TCE was used as a degreaser in the shops from the mid-1950s to the mid- 1980s. In 1999, CPR […]

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Bee-killing pesticides: Prince Edward County seeks moratorium

June 10, 2014

On May 27, 2o14, Prince Edward County passed a resolution asking the provincial and federal governments to declare a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid (neonics) crop treatments, as soon as possible, pending further study. These pesticides are thought to seriously affect bee health. Bees, which are essential to most forms of agriculture, have been dying at unprecedented rates.

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Federal govt proposes new air pollution regulations

June 9, 2014

The federal government has proposed a major set of new air pollution regulations to reduce industrial-source air pollution, starting with performance standards for the cement sector and two equipment types: gaseous-fuel-fired non-utility boilers/ heaters and stationary spark-ignition gaseous-fuel-fired engines. The regulations would also achieve modest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Federal Court sends new nuclear reactor back to environmental assessment panel

June 5, 2014

In a decision released May 14, 2014, the Federal Court of Canada concluded that aspects of a Joint Panel Review (JPR) decision under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act for a new nuclear reactor in Ontario were “unreasonable”.

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