Toronto Trees: $7B in health and environment

June 18, 2014

Toronto trees are worth an estimated $7 Billion, or about $700 per tree, according to a June 9, 2014, report from TD Economics. Toronto trees provide residents with over $80 million, or about $8 per tree, of environmental benefits and savings a year, as they are a critical factor in environmental conditions, human health and the overall quality of urban health. […]

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Alberta TCE class action – claims in trespass, nuisance, Rylands v. Fletcher dismissed

June 16, 2014

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) operated a train repair facility, known as the Ogden shops,  since the early 1900s in a heavily industrialized area outside Calgary. Over the years, a residential area grew up around the shops. TCE was used as a degreaser in the shops from the mid-1950s to the mid- 1980s. In 1999, CPR […]

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Bee-killing pesticides: Prince Edward County seeks moratorium

June 10, 2014

On May 27, 2o14, Prince Edward County passed a resolution asking the provincial and federal governments to declare a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid (neonics) crop treatments, as soon as possible, pending further study. These pesticides are thought to seriously affect bee health. Bees, which are essential to most forms of agriculture, have been dying at unprecedented rates.

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Federal govt proposes new air pollution regulations

June 9, 2014

The federal government has proposed a major set of new air pollution regulations to reduce industrial-source air pollution, starting with performance standards for the cement sector and two equipment types: gaseous-fuel-fired non-utility boilers/ heaters and stationary spark-ignition gaseous-fuel-fired engines. The regulations would also achieve modest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Federal Court sends new nuclear reactor back to environmental assessment panel

June 5, 2014

In a decision released May 14, 2014, the Federal Court of Canada concluded that aspects of a Joint Panel Review (JPR) decision under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act for a new nuclear reactor in Ontario were “unreasonable”.

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100 in 1 day: Environmental action on June 7

June 4, 2014

On June 7, for the first time, Toronto will host 100 in 1 Day. This citizen-driven festival will unite people across the city to make Toronto a better place by creating acts of urban change. Many of them have an environmental focus. Evergreen Cityworks is one of the sponsors. Check it out.

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Obama to slash emissions from power plants

June 2, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its long awaited proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards to slash carbon emissions from existing power plants, the largest industrial source of GHG emissions in the US. The rule, if upheld by the Supreme Court, will require existing power plants to reduce GHG emissions by an average of 30 […]

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Parking lot dust an unreasonable nuisance

June 2, 2014

Dust generated by trucks driving on an unpaved parking lot can be a nuisance to industrial neighbours, according to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

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Staff changes at Ministry of Environment

May 29, 2014

Staff changes have been announced at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Greg Sones is leaving the Waste Management Policy Branch and going back to enforcement. Wendy Ren will be acting director of Waste Management Policy Branch, whose Bill 91 (Waste Reduction Act) died on the order paper when the election was called. Maurice Bitran […]

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Another anti-wind power appeal dismissed

May 28, 2014

Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal: May 14, 2014,  Pitt v. MOE ERT Registry Number: 13-121. The Wainfleet Wind Energy Project can now proceed, despite objections from a skydiving club. The ERT ruled that the club had not shown that the turbines were likely to cause even one serious skydiving […]

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First affidavits, Blue Box funding arbitration

May 27, 2014

For those interested in the Blue Box funding arbitration, which will decide how much stewards (brand owners) must pay of the annual net $228 million cost under the Waste Diversion Act, here are the affidavits of the witnesses who have already completed their testimony on behalf of the municipalities of Ontario and their Blue Box programs:

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Climate warning labels on gasoline may become a reality

May 23, 2014

The municipality of West Vancouver, prompted by Grade 10 student Emily Kelsall, may be the first in Canada to put labels on gas nozzles warning of the dangers of climate change. The municipality is looking into whether it has the necessary power to enact such a bylaw, we think that they might.

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Vermont adopts first US GMO food labelling law

May 21, 2014

Food produced from genetic engineering should be labeled as such

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Second shoe falls: flyrock discharge after Castonguay

May 20, 2014

If every rock that flies through the air, and does damage, is a “pollution” offence, what else is?

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A rare pesticide prosecution

May 14, 2014

Ontario Pesticide Act prosecutions have become infrequent since the Ministry of the Environment stopped having specialized pesticide enforcement staff. It’s hard to know how much actual offences have decreased. The ban on cosmetic uses of pesticides may have helped, and pesticide operator training has improved. But surely there must still be some offences taking place…

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