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New neonic pesticide controls in Ontario

On July 1, 2015, new regulatory requirements for the sale and use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds in Ontario will start to come into effect, to protect bird and bee health.Ontario wants to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 80 per cent by 2017 and to ensure that these seeds [...]

Endangered Species exemptions survive court challenge

Sweeping exemptions from Ontario's protection for endangered species have been upheld by the Divisional Court, despite concerns that they reduce the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act, 2007. In Wildlands League v. Lieutenant Governor in Council, 2015 ONSC 2942, Ecojustice, the Wildlands League and the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (“Wildlands”), bravely but unsuccessfully challenged the validity of Ontario Regulation [...]

Why special rules for endangered species on roads to turbines ?

Why should endangered species protection in Ontario be different for roads to wind turbines, as opposed to roads leading anywhere else? Ontario has an elaborate system that allegedly protects endangered species. Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), endangered, threatened or extirpated species and their habitats cannot be harmed or destroyed, except by permit or if [...]

Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law

Jennifer likes a new book, Canada's first treatise on animals and the law.It is edited by her former law school classmate, Katie Sykes (now assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University), Peter Sankoff (professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law) and Vaughan Black (professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University). Jennifer says: [...]

Bill 37, Invasive Species, second reading soon?

Will the proposed Invasive Species Bill pass before invasive Asian carp reach the Great Lakes, with devastating effects?

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 [...]