We’re Hiring! One Year Contract for Environmental Lawyer

March 20, 2014

Saxe Law Office offers a full range of environmental law services to its clients. We have a 1-year maternity leave contract as of June 23, 2014. The position is for 3 to 5 days per week, depending on caseload volume. Flex time and flex location (home or office) are also offered. You are ideally an experienced […]

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Proposed legislation would make the roads safer for cyclists

March 19, 2014

On Monday, the Province announced new legislation that would improve cyclist safety on Ontario’s roads and highways. If passed, the proposed Keeping Ontario’s Roads Safe Act and supporting amendments to the Highway Traffic Act will: Increase fines for distracted driving from a range of $60 – $500 to a range of $300 – $1,000 and assign three demerit points […]

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Retraction

March 18, 2014

Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) has brought to our attention that our earlier post regarding a proposed waste diversion plan for consumer batteries was inaccurate and so this post has been removed. Please visit the WDO website to read the correction: ISP Update – Call2Recycle.

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The risks of gambling with contaminated sites

March 17, 2014

A new case from the Ontario Superior Court provides another example of the risks associated with purchasing contaminated sites. In a failed real estate transaction, the potential purchasers were left with substantial costs but did not own the properties they had intended to buy.

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Endangered Species Act permits beyond review?

March 13, 2014

In July 2013, opponents to the Ostrander Point wind farm successfully obtained the first decision striking down a Renewable Energy approval (REA). The project proponent appealed and, in February, the Divisional Court released its reasons allowing the appeal, and reinstating the REA. This case highlights significant problems in the ERT’s review of REAs where a species […]

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Blue Box arbitration update

March 7, 2014

Intense work is underway preparing for the highly anticipated Blue Box arbitration.

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Supreme Court considers Chevron leave to appeal; fraudulent Ecuador judgment re pollution

March 6, 2014

Donziger and his team “wrote the [Ecuadorian] court’s Judgment themselves and promised $500,000 to the Ecuadorian judge to rule in their favor and sign their judgment.”

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Raising money for stroke research

March 5, 2014

For those interested, Dianne is raising money for stroke research through the Ride for Heart. All help is much appreciated. Thank you very much 

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New Ontario Invasive Species law posted for comment

March 4, 2014

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources is inviting “constructive” comments by by April 14, 2014 on its proposed new Invasive Species Act. The proposed Invasive Species law would make Ontario  the first jurisdiction in Canada with stand-alone invasive species legislation. It would also contribute to progress on commitments made in the 2012 Ontario Invasive Strategic Plan, the 2012 Canada […]

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Save monarch butterflies: plant milkweed. Now it will be legal

March 3, 2014

Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) is proposing an amendment to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 1096 – General (the Regulation) in order to update the Schedule of Noxious Weeds. This long overdue proposal would remove milkweed spp. (scientific name Asclepias spp.) from the Schedule of Noxious Weeds in the Regulation. Milkweed is an essential food […]

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Things we wish judges knew about environmental offences by directors

February 27, 2014

Dianne and Meredith recently had a precious opportunity to tell judges what we wish they knew about environmental offences by directors and and officers, particularly in relation to sentencing. Our bottom lines: Fairness, Good Science, and the real differences between Foresight and Hindsight. It is rarely constructive to severely punish people who are already doing their […]

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Importance of local environmental groups

February 27, 2014

  Since it was founded in 1995, Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers and its members have been recognized many times for the work they do. Most recently David James, Meredith’s dad and President of the QB Streamkeepers, was  recognized as the volunteer of the year by the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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Ecuador oil pollution claim can try again to collect from Chevron in Canada

February 24, 2014

Indigenous Ecuadorian villagers can try again to enforce a controversial $18 billion environmental damage award against Texaco (now merged with Chevron Corp., one of the world’s largest corporations) in Canada. This is part of a worldwide legal battle between the villagers, seeking to collect the money and have the pollution cleaned up, and Chevron, which argues that […]

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Systemic problems in Canada’s protection of species at risk

February 21, 2014

In a groundbreaking case, Ecojustice has demonstrated the “endemic systemic problems” in Canada’s  species at risk protection regime. On February 14, 2014 Justice Mactavish of the Federal Court released her decision in Western Canada Wilderness Committee v. Canada (Fisheries and Oceans). On behalf of five ENGO’s Ecojustice challenged the admitted failure of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Minister […]

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More on lead paint cleanup ordered in California

February 20, 2014

Last month, we gave brief highlights of a landmark lead paint liability case in California. Here is a more detailed analysis, prepared for the excellent legal blog SLAW.

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