What's in a name? The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has renamed its longstanding Waste Management Policy Branch the "Resource Recovery Policy Branch". The renaming is part of Minister Glenn Murray's vision of a low-carbon circular economy, and of waste management as part of his action on climate change. Meanwhile, the Resource Recovery Policy branch [...]
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 [...]
For two years, 50 shipping containers of Canadian garbage have been expensively rotting in the Philippines, at the expense of Filipinos. The containers were shipped as recyclable plastic scrap in 2013, but reportedly contained a mixture of plastics with other household wastes, including adult diapers.It is contrary to Philippines law to import mixed wastes, so the [...]
The company was ordered to pay restitution, plus a $120,000 fine. It didn't pay...The officer/director was personally fined $5,000 and sentenced to five days in jail.
How far can no-fault liability for contaminated sites go? The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has issued a cleanup order to (among others) the accountant who held a power of attorney to sell a contaminated site for an overseas client, and the directors of a real estate company that listed the property for sale. [...]
The federal government has reached an equivalency agreement with Quebec over wastewater pollution regulations intended to protect fish. Under the federal Fisheries Act, the federal government can agree NOT to apply its regulations in a province, if it agrees that provincial regulations in that province provide "equivalent" protection. A similar agreement was reached in December for the [...]