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Even brief discharges must be reported

Metcan Industries, which manufactures synthetic slag products, was convicted of  failing to report a discharge of particulate that lasted "a couple of minutes". The company was fined $10,000 plus the $2,5000 victim fine surcharge, under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act.(It is unclear from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change News Release why the company [...]

$350,000+ fine for cement plant dust and noise

Essroc Canada Inc. was fined $350,000, plus the victim fine surcharge of $87,500, for dust and noise from its cement manufacturing facility near Picton. The fine was suggested jointly by the company and by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Essroc pleaded guilty to discharging dust on three days and to emitting too much noise for several months, contrary [...]

What will Alberta NDP govt do about climate change?

Congratulations to Rachel Notley and the new Alberta NDP majority government. Their platform page is "not found" this morning, but it included several environmental pledges: $5 million annually to partner with financial institutions and extend interest-free loans of up to $10,000 for energy-efficient retrofits to homes and businesses, such as upgrading windows and doors or installing solar [...]

Carnival Shut Down for Air Pollution Health Hazard

In August 2012, the Health Services Appeal and Review Board (HSARB), for the first time ever, held air pollution (aside from second hand smoke) to be a “health hazard” under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA). Under section 13(1) of the Act, a public health inspector may order any person to take action, or [...]

Oslo Principles on Climate Change: Governments are Breaching Legal Duties

A group of preeminent international jurists  have put together a series of legal principles, called the Oslo Principles on Global Obligations to Reduce Climate Change. These principles demonstrate that the governments of the world are breaching their legal duties to their citizens, by doing so little about climate change. The purpose in drafting the Principles was [...]

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 [...]