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Better comments on permit-by-rule for water taking

Will Ontario's proposed rules for "permit-by-rule" water takings work? Stephen English of the Region of Halton has graciously allowed me to post some of his helpful comments on the details of Ontario's proposal to replace some Permits to Take Water, especially for construction dewatering, with a "permit by rule" exemption under the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry. He doesn't [...]

Approvals reform (EASR) for permits to take water

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is now considering public comments on its latest approvals reform proposal: moving many permits to take water to the "permit by rule" approach of the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). The next EASR proposal, for end of life vehicle management, is due later this month. The [...]

Breach of Environmental Order Lands Director in Jail

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.

Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations

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 [...]

Hazardous waste carrier fined $120,000 + $30,000 VFS

Buckham Transport Limited, a registered carrier of hazardous waste, was recently fined $120,000 following a guilty plea to three offences under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA): Providing false or misleading information to a Provincial Officer; Failing to transport waste to the receiving facility named on manifest; and Failing to comply with a Ministry order. In July [...]

Lives Lived: Stewart Saxe, 67 (Globe and Mail)

We are touched and honoured that the Globe and Mail selected Stewart Saxe, Dianne's husband of 42 years, to profile in its "Lives Lived" column on Friday. As Dianne wrote in the article: We were a very odd couple for 42 years. But until the four dreadful last years, he was the centre of my life, [...]