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Province and Feds Sign Great Lakes Act again

The Ontario and federal governments have signed the latest (8th) version of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health (2014 COA). The purpose of this agreement is to implement Canada’s commitments to protect the Great Lakes made in partnership with the United States under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality [...]

Supreme Court hears Chevron Ecuador pollution appeal

Can foreign pollution judgments be enforced in Canada? The Supreme Court of Canada has heard arguments on the attempt by Ecuador pollution plaintiffs to enforce their $9 plus billion Ecuador judgment against Chevron's Canadian assets, in Chevron Corporation, et al. v. Daniel Carlos Lusitande Yaiguaje, et al., Supreme Court of Canada File No. 35682. Although substantial pollution [...]

Sydney Tar Ponds Environmental Class Action is over

The neighbours wanted to hold the federal and provincial governments liable for air, water and soil pollution caused by the historic Sydney steel mill and coke works

Toronto’s proposed contaminated land policy

Ontario's Environment Industry Association wrote a thoughtful and helpful comment on the City of Toronto's proposed Policy for Accepting Potentially Contaminated Lands to be Conveyed to the City under the Planning Act. Much progress has been made, but the proposed Policy still has troublesome flaws, as described in the letter. Here is the letter: City of Toronto [...]

Can purchaser of contaminated site sue neighbour?

The case is important because of the widespread (but, I think, mistaken) belief among some real estate solicitors and agents that a buyer can (knowingly or negligently) buy previously contaminated land and then sue the source of the contamination for the cost of cleaning up that pre-existing contamination.

$320,000 fine for former waste processors

A big fine has been imposed on a former waste processor and the two individuals who ran the company for environmental offences, according to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. According to the MOECC, 2R Services Inc. and its Directors were fined for failing to comply with ministry approvals for a hazardous waste processing site and [...]