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Condolences

Saxe Law Office expresses its deepest condolences to Dianne Saxe and her family on the death of her husband, Stewart Saxe, z''l. Mr. Saxe was a noted labour and employment lawyer, partner of Baker McKenzie, and fellow of the Human Relation Professionals Association. He retired after a major stroke in 2010. He died peacefully, in Dianne's arms, [...]

Class Action for Harming Bees with Neonicotinoids

This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm caused by Neonicotinoid pesticides, potentially responsible for the worldwide collapse of bee and other pollinator populations.

2014 Pesticide Prosecution “Roundup”

Earlier this summer we reported that Ontario Pesticide Act prosecutions have become infrequent since the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOE) stopped having specialized pesticide enforcement staff. Now that the season is soon to change over, we decided to take a look at the year’s violation reports to see if MOE’s intentions with [...]

Waterkeepers want notice of sewage bypasses

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. The Environmental Bill of Rights allows anyone to filed a request for review of an existing practice or policy. [...]

Municipal Energy Consumption Reports due

An important Green Energy Act deadline arrives next week. Under O. Reg. 397/11, municipalities are required to submit their annual municipal energy consumption reports to the Ministry of Energy by July 1, 2014. Municipal Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plans must also be publicly posted by July 1, 2014. The Ministry will be holding webinars [...]

Obama to slash emissions from power plants

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 [...]