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Ontario finally adopting carbon cap and trade

Today, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario is finally going ahead to implement a cap and trade system for carbon emissions, in cooperation with Quebec and perhaps California. Ontario originally promised to join Quebec, California and others in the Western Climate Initiative in 2008, but has since fallen behind. Since December, the WCI has conducted two auctions of [...]

Retrial: lower fines for environmental consultant

In 2011, we wrote about the record $161,000 in fines imposed upon an environmental consultant and his company. In addition, $40,500 in fines were imposed on their clients, Mr. James Sinclair and his company Sinclair Landing, owner of a contaminated site. Following an appeal and retrial, the fines imposed on geo-environmental firm Bruce A. Brown Associates [...]

Why so many environmental sample results are misleading

A knowledgeable reader writes: "Dear Diane, ...Reading through the various "Environmental Law and Litigation" articles excellently written by your staff, I'm increasingly frustrated by the universal failure throughout the industry to recognize a very serious flaw at the root of environmental site assessments/cleanups and it is one that has serious consequences for all involved, particularly [...]

Kawartha oil spill cost recovery litigation drags on

City of Kawartha Lakes taxpayers continue to pay heavily for the Ministry of the Environment’s 2009 order, which required the City to cleanup an oil spill that it did not cause. While everyone agreed that the City was an innocent victim of the spill, the Ministry saddled the City with $471,691 in cleanup costs, arguing that [...]

Ontario’s Climate Change Consultations

We recently blogged about Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015. The paper reveals the province’s current thinking on climate change policy options and seeks public input on the following specific questions: 1. How can Ontario better support scientific research to advance future technologies that can help fight climate change? 2. In what ways could sectors [...]

Gas Station Minimum $25,000 Fine Under Federal CEPA

A gas station operating on a First Nations Reserve in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan was ordered to pay $25,000 for failing to comply with Environment Canada enforcement orders. Blackhawk’s Gas, owned by a numbered company, had failed to take specific measures relating to sections of the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products [...]