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Another waste diversion victory: batteries

A Saxe Law Office client enjoyed another waste diversion victory last week, when Waste Diversion Ontario rejected a flawed battery recycling proposal by Call2Recycle.

Some relief for the bees, later

Help is coming for bees. On November 25, 2014, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced it would be working towards a goal of 80 per cent reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 2017. Neonicotinoids (neonics for short) have been linked to bee deaths from [...]

B.C. Court: No Abuse of Water Approvals for Fracking

Because fracking consumes a huge amount of water, Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) and the Sierra Club of B.C. recently challenged how the B.C. government grants water use approvals to oil and gas companies. The government gives a series of short term approvals for fracking, frequently renewed, without regulating the cumulative water taking of an entire project. Does this violate [...]

Buyer can’t rely on Seller’s Environmental Reports

A recent decision out of Newfoundland should remind prospective purchasers of real estate NOT to count on Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) or other environmental reports commissioned by the seller, unless they acquire a specific contractual right to rely on that report, e.g. through a reliance letter. Real estate lawyers, take note, please. In Community Mental Health Initiative Inc. v. [...]

More on Giant Mine remediation environmental assessment

Giant Mine remediation illustrates one of many ways that current environmental assessment processes for major projects raise public expectations that they cannot meet.

Giant Mine $1B contaminated site remediation milestone

Canada's most contaminated site, the Yellowknife Giant Mine, has reached a milestone in its $1 billion taxpayer-funded remedial plan. The dangerous and badly contaminated roaster building, which created hundreds of thousands of tonnes of highly poisonous arsenic trioxide, (enough to kill every human in the world) has finally been demolished. Between 1948 and 2004, the Giant Mine was [...]