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Carnival Shut Down for Air Pollution Health Hazard

In August 2012, the Health Services Appeal and Review Board (HSARB), for the first time ever, held air pollution (aside from second hand smoke) to be a “health hazard” under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA). Under section 13(1) of the Act, a public health inspector may order any person to take action, or [...]

Oslo Principles on Climate Change: Governments are Breaching Legal Duties

A group of preeminent international jurists  have put together a series of legal principles, called the Oslo Principles on Global Obligations to Reduce Climate Change. These principles demonstrate that the governments of the world are breaching their legal duties to their citizens, by doing so little about climate change. The purpose in drafting the Principles was [...]

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 [...]

Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeals

The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has rejected two more anti-wind appeals, Cham Shan Temple v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (13-140) and County of Lambton v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (14-065). Citing the Divisional Court decisions in Dixon v Director, the Tribunal upheld the renewable energy approvals granted by the Ministry of the Environment to the 10 MW wpd Sumac Ridge [...]

Great Lakes Protection Act reintroduced (again)

As promised in Minister Murray's mandate letter, Ontario's provincial government has reintroduced the Great Lakes Protection Act.  If passed, the Act would: Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal blooms, and protect wetlands and other coastal areas. Monitor and report on the health of the lakes. Bring people together to take action on priority issues. Build on [...]

Another anti-wind appeal dismissed by Tribunal

The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed yet another anti-wind appeal, in 14-059 GILLESPIE V. MOE. This upholds the renewable energy approval issued to the Goshen Wind Energy Centre, up to 63 wind turbines, with a generation capacity of 102 megawatts, located in Bluewater and South Huron, Huron County, Ontario. By now, so many of the anti-wind [...]