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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

More on the anti-wind constitutional question

Court confirms the constitutional validity of the Ontario system for approving and regulating wind turbines, Green Energy Act, Environmental Protection

Some relief for the bees, later

Help is coming for bees. On November 25, 2014, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced it would be working towards a goal of 80 per cent reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 2017. Neonicotinoids (neonics for short) have been linked to bee deaths from [...]

Regulators of fracking negligent? Case update

Protecting administrative tribunals and their members from liability for negligence in regulating fracking held to be constitutionally legitimate

Anti-Fluoride in Drinking Water: Litigation Update

Will citizen group litigation and the threat of personal liability stop fluoridation of drinking water in Ontario? In our earlier blog post, we described a threat by an advocacy group called Concerned Residents of Peel to End Water Fluoridation (Concerned Residents) against Peel municipal councillors. The group threatened the councillors with personal liability if they did not stop the Region from [...]