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Wind appeals starting to settle?

Now that the Divisional Court has upheld Ontario's renewable energy approval process, and the decisions of the Environmental Review Tribunal on concerns about adverse health effects, wind appeals are starting to settle. The Tribunal has heard appeal after appeal against renewable energy approvals (REAs) for wind farms, many raising substantially the same health concerns (commonly concerns [...]

Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations

The federal government has reached an equivalency agreement with Quebec over wastewater pollution regulations intended to protect fish. Under the federal Fisheries Act, the federal government can agree NOT to apply its regulations in a province, if it agrees that provincial regulations in that province provide "equivalent" protection. A similar agreement was reached in December for the [...]

Hear a podcast with Dianne Saxe

Thanks to Husein Panju for hosting a podcast interview with Dianne on his new site, LawyerEd. Topics include: climate change, polluted lands, and environmental personal liability.

Kawartha oil spill cost recovery litigation drags on

City of Kawartha Lakes taxpayers continue to pay heavily for the Ministry of the Environment’s 2009 order, which required the City to cleanup an oil spill that it did not cause. While everyone agreed that the City was an innocent victim of the spill, the Ministry saddled the City with $471,691 in cleanup costs, arguing that [...]

Another court refuses to impose minimum environmental fines

I’m glad to see the courts making more use of s. 59(2) to offset the unreasonable harshness that the minimum environmental fine regime can create.

Planning for drought and drinking water in Ontario

Climate change is worsening flooding but it will also bring faster spring runoffs, hotter summers, more evaporation and droughts. What will that mean for Ontario's drinking water supply? Source water protection committees are trying to plan ahead. According to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray's  Annual Report on Drinking Water 2014: Under the [...]