Our newest blogger – Kristen Courtney

July 28, 2014

You may have noticed a new author on the blog over the last couple weeks. We are very pleased to welcome Kristen Courtney to the blog team. Since 2013, Kristen has been acting as an independent legal contractor while also pursuing her other career as a professional downhill mountain bike racer. Kristen races in competitions […]

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Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries

July 23, 2014

Ontario’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, has intervened decisively to stop Waste Diversion Ontario from approving now two controversial proposed Industry Stewardship Plans: one from Call2Recycle for used batteries, and one from Product Care Association for used paints and coatings, before his new waste reduction law is introduced and passed.

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Blue Box funding arbitration final argument

July 21, 2014

The massive Blue Box funding arbitration enters the final stretch this week, with closing arguments starting today. Our firm will file our written argument why Ontario Blue Box stewards owe municipalities more than $115 million this year, under the Waste Diversion Act. Separate closing arguments will be delivered on the “in kind” newspaper advertising deduction, which Stewardship Ontario claims […]

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National Conservation Plan, instead of regulation?

July 18, 2014

On June 26, 2014, the Harper Government “celebrated” the launch of the National Conservation Plan.  The Plan would invest $252 million over five years in “securing ecologically sensitive lands,” “supporting conservation efforts,” wetlands restoration, and “to encourage Canadians to connect with nature close to home through protected areas and green spaces located in or near urban areas.”

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Waterkeepers want notice of sewage bypasses

July 15, 2014

Congratulations to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper for their innovative application to the Ontario Environmental Commissioner, to force Toronto to give public notice when it bypasses sewage into Lake Ontario due to wet weather- about three times a month.

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Ontario to slash funds for household hazardous waste?

July 14, 2014

We hear that today’s Ontario budget may contain an unwelcome surprise for municipal waste managers: a quiet mid year cut to provincial funding for municipal Household Hazardous Waste programs. The province has been subsidizing these programs since 2010, when it ignominiously cancelled the “eco fees” that were supposed to pay for them.

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Toronto Public Health Reveals Local Air Pollution Sources

July 10, 2014

Local air pollution from small sources like autobody shops and corner laundries cause the deaths of at least 120 city residents each year, according to the Toronto Star  citing a Toronto Public Health study called ChemTRAC.

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When it comes to anti-wind power appeals, all turtles are not created equal

July 8, 2014

The Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal, holding that evidence to substantiate claims of “serious and irreversible harm to animal life” must be site-specific, species-specific, and quantifiable. The Tribunal released its decision in Bain v. Director, Ministry of the Environment, 2014 WL 888126 on February 27, 2014, allowing the five-wind turbine Emestown […]

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Experts permitted to testify via telephone… sometimes

July 7, 2014

The Environmental Review Tribunal has granted a request to have expert witnesses testify via telephone conference call when the appellants argued that it would be too costly to have them attend in person, and that videoconferencing was also costly, as well as prone to technological failure.

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Neighbours must pay their fair share to prune boundary trees

July 3, 2014

A new case from the Ontario Superior Court has ruled that the costs associated with pruning and maintaining trees growing on property lines should be shared between owners of neighbouring properties, and municipalities must take this principle into account in issuing maintenance orders against homeowners.

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New Minister of Environment and Climate Change

July 3, 2014

We’re rooting for Glen Murray, the new Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

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Current environmental liability issues for municipalities

June 26, 2014

On June 17, Dianne and Graham Rempe of the City Toronto’s Legal Services spoke on the issue of current environmental liabilities for municipalities. Graham gracious agreed to allow us to post the paper we prepared here. As the introduction explains: Few topics evoke more concern about “vast” liability than environmental mishaps. Municipalities and their legal advisors are […]

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New Minister of Environment and Climate Change

June 25, 2014

Premier Wynne announced on June 24, 2014 that Glenn Murray will be the new Minister of the Environment and Climate change. According to the announcement, this is “an expanded portfolio that will ensure Ontario can protect the gains it has made in fighting climate change, lead Ontario’s mitigation and adaptation efforts to extreme weather and strengthen its […]

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Municipal Energy Consumption Reports due

June 24, 2014

An important Green Energy Act deadline arrives next week.

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Saxe Law Office Welcomes Jennifer Kalnins Temple

June 23, 2014

   Welcome Jennifer! Saxe Law Office is excited to welcome Jennifer Kalnins Temple to our team.  Jennifer recently returned to Canada after spending over a decade litigating environmental issues in the United States. After graduating from University of Toronto Law School in 2002, Jennifer became an associate at an international law firm, McDermott Will & Emery […]

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