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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 [...]

Follow Up on Seller’s Environmental Assessment Reports

Last month we blogged about a case out of Newfoundland in which a buyer's negligence lawsuit against a seller's environmental consultant was tossed out because the buyer had no right to rely on the environmental assessment report issued by the consultant for the seller.  That article, "Buyer Can't Rely on Seller's Environmental Reports," was picked up [...]

More on Giant Mine remediation environmental assessment

Giant Mine remediation illustrates one of many ways that current environmental assessment processes for major projects raise public expectations that they cannot meet.

Contaminated sites change in Provincial Policy Statement

The Ontario Provincial Policy Statement (PPS)has recently changed how it refers to contaminated sites. The PPS is the official expression of the provincial government’s policies on land use planning. It applies province-wide and "provides clear policy direction on land use planning to promote strong communities, a strong economy, and a clean and healthy environment."  What effect will the [...]

Energy East Pipeline v Belugas, Part 2

The threatened white beluga whales of the St. Lawrence or high-noise pipeline work? Earlier this month we blogged about Justice Claudine Roy’s decision granting a temporary injunction to environmental groups, blocking Energy East Pipeline Ltd. and TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. from conducting exploratory work in the St. Lawrence River near Cacouna, QC until October 15, when a [...]

U.S. Pentagon: Climate Change an Immediate Security Threat

The U.S. Pentagon's latest report, the 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, calls climate change an immediate threat to national security. The forward, by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, sets the tone: “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will [...]