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Liability for delays in issuing environmental permits?

Can the government be liable for financial damages, when they refuse environmental permits for unreasonable reasons, or cause an unreasonable delay in issuing a permit? Yes

Anti-fracking and Great Lakes Bills to Committee

The Ontario Legislature rose for the summer on June 4, with two environmental proposed environmental laws having received second reading, but awaiting Committee review and public hearings. The third environmental law, Bill 52, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 (anti-SLAPP) has been debated but has not yet received second reading. Bill 82, the Oil, Gas and Salt Resources [...]

Will the mooter who promised his analysis please send it?

Dianne was honoured to be a semifinal judge again this year at the Willms and Shier Environmental Law Moot at the Ontario Court of Appeal. The mooters argued the appeal that, in their opinion, the Supreme Court of Canada should have heard from the decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in Susan Heyes Inc. [...]

Ontario’s Climate Change Consultations

We recently blogged about Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015. The paper reveals the province’s current thinking on climate change policy options and seeks public input on the following specific questions: 1. How can Ontario better support scientific research to advance future technologies that can help fight climate change? 2. In what ways could sectors [...]

Ontario Needs Input on Climate Change Policy

Recently the Ontario government released it’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015. The report unveils the province’s current thinking on policy options to address climate change, and asks the public to weigh in on such controversial options as a carbon tax versus other possibilities like a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions. If ever there was a time [...]

Public participation restrictions do not violate Charter

Can the federal government successfully muzzle (non-aboriginal) opponents to major energy and resource projects? So far, yes.