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October 23, 2014

"Greenwashing" Environmental Claims Give Rise to Legal Liability

"Green" products and services are becoming popular in many industries as people become more concerned with environmental protection and climate cha...

October 03, 2014

Ontario Premier Wynne Mandates Environmental and Energy Priorities

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne released mandate letters to her cabinet ministers on September 25, 2014, outlining key priorities for each ministry....

September 30, 2014

Climate Change Tops the Environmental Agenda

In response to last week’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York, Canada and Ontario announced progress in greenhouse gas reduction init...

September 19, 2014

Alberta Court of Appeal Upholds Regulator’s Immunity in Fracking Case

On September 15, 2014, Alberta’s Court of Appeal dismissed Jessica Ernst’s appeal of the lower court decision holding that Alberta&rsqu...

September 18, 2014

Mining Claim Staking in Remote Areas – Ontario Mining Recorder Order Confirms Use of Helicopters

On June 24, 2014, the Ontario Provincial Mining Recorder released reasons for his decision in Noront Resources Ltd. (Disputant) v Canada Chrome Cor...

September 04, 2014

Ontario Approves Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan

Ontario approved the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan under the Clean Water Act, 2006 on August 28, 2014. The Plan will take effect on Jan...

August 27, 2014

Fabricare Canada Magazine Highlights Presentation by Jacquelyn Stevens on Drycleaner Risks and Liabilities

The July/August 2014 issue of Fabricare Canada magazine highlights a presentation given by Willms & Shier lawyer Jacquelyn Stevens at the ...

August 20, 2014

Thornhill v Highland Fuels Reinforces Need for Tank Installers and Fuel Suppliers to Follow Statutory Requirements and Fuel Oil Code

On May 15, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in Thornhill v Highland Fuels. Highland Fuels, the tank installer and ...

July 24, 2014

John Donihee Quoted in Article – Developing the North: Poised to expand, but challenges are complex

John Donihee is quoted in an article discussing the complex challenges companies and their law firms face as resource projects in Norther...

July 17, 2014

Supreme Court Clarifies Provincial Aboriginal Consultation Responsibilities When Issuing Resource Permits in Keewatin and Applies Tsilqot’in Infringement Test

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Grassy Narrows First Nation v Ontario (Natural Resources) (also known as “Keewatin&rdq...

July 16, 2014

Court Awards Ostrander Costs in Blanding’s Turtle Appeal

The Ontario Divisional Court determined on April 4, 2014 that Prince Edward County Field Naturalists and the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward Coun...

July 08, 2014

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Tsilhqot’in Aboriginal Title in William – Implications for Resource Development in Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada issued a ground-breaking declaration of Aboriginal title on June 26, 2014. The Court’s decision in Roger William ...

June 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court GHG Decision Paves Way for New Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions Regulations

On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not, unilaterally, have the...

June 25, 2014

Ontario Premier Wynne’s Post-Election Cabinet Shuffle Brings in New Environment and Natural Resources Ministers

On June 12, 2014, Ontario Premier Wynne won a majority government with 58 out of a possible 107 seats. In the post-election cabinet shuffle, Premie...

June 24, 2014

John Willms Shares His Experience with the Beginnings of Environmental Law in Ontario

John Willms discusses his experiences as one of the first environmental lawyers in private practice in Ontario in an article and series of vid...

June 24, 2014

First Nations Launch Drinking Water Lawsuit Against Federal Government

Four Alberta First Nations launched a lawsuit against the federal government on June 16, 2014, alleging that Canada failed to provide resources and...

June 23, 2014

Ottawa Summer Shuffle

On the eve of the Summer Solstice, Prime Minister Harper announced a few changes in the senior ranks of the federal bureaucracy, including posts at...

June 18, 2014

Federal Government Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline With Conditions

The Federal Government approved the Northern Gateway pipeline on Tuesday June 17, 2014, adopting the 209 conditions recommended by the Joint Nation...

June 03, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article – Eastbound and Down: Atlantic Canada is the Next Major Pipeline Battleground

Julie Abouchar is quoted in an article discussing developments to and challenges facing TransCanada’s Energy East project and Enbridge&r...

May 20, 2014

Pipeline Update: New Rules, UN Report and Court Challenge to Energy East

A number of news stories caught the attention of pipeline watchers last week. On Monday, the UN’s Special Rapporteur released his report on t...

May 08, 2014

TransCanada Files Eastern Mainline Pipeline Project Description with National Energy Board

TransCanada filed its Eastern Mainline Project Description with the National Energy Board (NEB) today. TransCanada proposes to construct ...

May 08, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Focus: Disclosure of Mining Payments a Hot Topic

Julie Abouchar is quoted in an article discussing the move to boost transparency regarding mining payments. The article, "Focus: Disclosure of...

May 08, 2014

Mounting Opposition by Municipalities, Aboriginal Communities and Environmentalists Threatens To Halt Pipeline Development

Five major oil pipeline construction and/or expansion projects in various stages of development across Canada would, if completed, collectively car...

May 05, 2014

Castonguay Convicted Again: Ontario Courts Continue To Recognize Section 15(1) EPA “Duty to Report”

The Ontario Court of Justice has added a couple of expensive postscripts to a landmark legal case that confirmed the incident reporting requirement...

May 05, 2014

Limited Partnerships – Dangers for Unwary Limited Partners

Limited Partnerships are unique investment vehicles that provide investors with certain benefits attributable to partnerships and corporate entitie...

May 01, 2014

Council of Canadian Academies Raises Questions on Environmental Impacts of Fracking – Current Regulations not Based on Strong Science

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has concluded that development of shale gas reserves is having "profound economic, environmental, and socia...

April 28, 2014

Federal Government Releases Details of New Environmental Review Process Under CEAA, 2012

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (“AANDC”) has released details of its new Environmental Review Process (ERP) under t...

April 22, 2014

2014 Nunavut Mining Symposium Stresses Investment, Patience and Diligence in Developing Mineral and Exploration Sector

With temperatures hovering around -20°C coupled with high winds and snow, the Nunavut Mining Symposium Society kicked off its annual two-day co...

April 16, 2014

Ontario Approves Mattagami Region Source Protection Plan

Ontario approved the Mattagami Region Source Protection Plan under the Clean Water Act, 2006 on April 10, 2014.  The Plan will take effect on ...

April 15, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Aboriginal Interests Gain Ground in Land Use Planning

Julie Abouchar is quoted in an article discussing the delegation of the duty to consult to Ontario Municipalities under the recently-upda...

April 11, 2014

Environmental Management Best Practices for Dry Cleaners – Minimizing Legal Liability and Establishing a Defence

A discharge, leak or spill of even a small quantity of PERC will eventually have significant legal implications for drycleaners. Lawsuits from land...

April 02, 2014

Proposed Amendments to Federal Metal Mining Effluent Regulations

Mining companies and Aboriginal communities should note the upcoming Regulations Amending the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations. The proposed amend...

April 02, 2014

Ontario’s Proposed Invasive Species Act, 2014

The Minister of Natural Resources introduced Bill 167, Ontario’s proposed Invasive Species Act, 2014 for First Reading on February 26, 2...

March 19, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Watershed Moment - New PPS Policies on Ontario's Natural Environment

Julie Abouchar is quoted in an article discussing new language and policies to protect Ontario's natural environment under the recently-u...

March 11, 2014

Ontario’s New Air Standard for Pulp and Paper Operations and Guidelines for Large Wood-Fired Combustors

The Ontario Ministry of Environment has finalized the technology-based air pollution standard for pulp and paper mills (the Standard) and a propose...

March 10, 2014

Fisheries Act Regulations Authorize Deposits of Deleterious Substances into Water Frequented by Fish

Draft regulations released on February 15, 2014 create a policy framework enabling the federal government to make regulations exempting certain act...

March 05, 2014

Ontario Court Overturns ERT Decision Revoking Ostrander’s Renewable Energy Wind Farm Approval

On February 20, 2014, the Ontario Divisional Court set aside the Environmental Review Tribunal’s (ERT) revocation of Ostrander Point GP&rsquo...

February 24, 2014

Ottawa Acted Unlawfully in Failing To Address Backlog of Overdue Species-at-Risk Recovery Strategies

The Federal Court declared in a decision released February 14, 2014 that two federal departments acted unlawfully in failing to meet statutory...

February 21, 2014

Key Environmental Bills Stuck in the Legislative Pipeline in Ontario

The Ontario Government is hoping for quick action on four important proposed environmental bills currently stalled on the order paper.  Given ...

February 20, 2014

Disclosure of Oil and Gas & Aboriginal Payments Uncertain, Despite Release of Recommendations on Mandatory Disclosure of Payments from Canadian Mining Companies to Governments

Companies and Aboriginal communities negotiating resource agreements should note the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group’s January 16...

February 19, 2014

Security for Costs Orders Against Environmental Groups Bolstered by Pointes Decision

Courts are increasingly willing to order security for costs against environmental groups that challenge land developments through judicial review.&...

February 13, 2014

Federal Budget 2014 Largely Quiet on Major Energy, Environment and Aboriginal Initiatives

From our perspective, the federal budget released February 11, 2014 was largely silent about major energy, environmental or Aboriginal announcement...

February 12, 2014

MOE Encourages Industry, Municipalities and Conservation Authorities To Implement New Voluntary “Excess Soil” Guidelines

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has released new voluntary guidelines for the handling, transport and temporary storage of “exc...

February 11, 2014

Federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency Announces Review of Active Ingredients in Registered Pest Control Products

The federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) will reevaluate 23 active ingredients currently found in some 360 pest control products regist...

February 04, 2014

First Nations and Environmental Groups Apply To Reopen Northern Gateway Project Environmental Joint Review Panel

First Nations and environmental groups are asking the courts to quash the report by the Joint Review Panel (Panel) for Enbridge’s Northern Ga...

January 17, 2014

Noront Submits Environmental Assessment for Eagles Nest Project – What’s Next for Aboriginal Communities, Resource Proponents and Government in the Ring of Fire?

Noront Resources Ltd. submitted its draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Assessment Report for its Eagles Nest Project in Northern On...

January 06, 2014

Vapour Intrusion: What You Can't See, Smell, Hear, Taste or Feel Can Hurt You!

When it comes to contaminated property and its impacts to the environment, there is more than meets the eye.

December 13, 2013

Environment Minister Releases CEAA 2012 Decision Statement on Jackpine Mine Expansion

The Federal Environment Minister issued a Decision Statement – the first made under the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA...

December 09, 2013

Ontario’s New Long-Term Energy Plan Emphasizes Conservation, Demand Management and Renewables

Ontario has released its 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan, Achieving Balance, which focuses on conservation, demand management and renewables to meet the...

December 09, 2013

Ontario Updates Noise Guideline to Harmonize Approvals and Land Use Planning Decisions

After more than three years, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) has finally released its Environmental Noise Guideline, Stationary and Transportatio...

December 09, 2013

Special Fracking Update

NEB needs more data to assess fracking in NWT and Nunavut The National Energy Board (NEB) wants detailed information from energy companies in order...

December 09, 2013

Ottawa Finalizes EA Regulations and Shortens List of Activities Subject to Federal Assessment

Ottawa has finalized the list of physical activities subject to the revamped Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.  As anticipated, the...

December 09, 2013

MOE Freezes Waste Diversion Fees for Off-road Tires

In response to widespread complaints by manufacturers, dealers and consumers, Ontario has frozen the so-called “eco-fees” that are used...

December 09, 2013

Ecojustice Files Suit to Close Loophole in B.C. Water Act

Ecojustice filed a lawsuit with the B.C. Supreme Court on November 13, 2013 on behalf of Sierra Club B.C. and the Wilderness Committee.  ...

December 02, 2013

Feds Imposing New Environmental Enforcement Act Fines Against Dry Cleaners

Environment Canada wasted no time in using its new regulatory powers under the Environmental Enforcement Act.  Dry cleaners across Canada were...

November 29, 2013

Vapour Intrusion Can Hurt Your Bottom Line!

Vapour intrusion, though invisible to the eye and inaudible to the ear, gives those who are aware of it, a reason to pause. It's movement, via...

November 15, 2013

ERT ’s Bornish Wind Farm Decision Requires Sufficient Evidence of Serious and Irreversible Harm

To prove that a wind energy project will cause serious and irreversible environmental harm, you will need an expert and a scientifically solid case...

November 13, 2013

Fault’s Got Nothing To Do With It! – Northstar Settlement Underscores Troubling Times for Directors and Officers Liability Exposures

Northstar Aerospace (Canada) Inc.’s former directors and officers denied liability for contamination at the site of the defunct company, yet ...

October 01, 2013

Who You Gonna Call? Dry Cleaners Facing Civil Claims

The ‘For Sale’ signs on the shopping plaza went up a month ago and your landlord has already received a solid offer. You’ve been ...

August 27, 2013

City of Kawartha Lakes Loses Fight Over “Unfair” Oil Spill Clean-up Order

Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine - Published Summer 2013 The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the necessities of spill c...

August 20, 2013

Joint Review Panel Releases Report & Decision on Oil Sands Jackpine Mine Expansion

The Joint Review Panel for the Jackpine Mine Expansion issued its lengthy report and decision on July 9, 2013. It addresses Shell Canada Energy’s application to increase bitumen production at the existing Jackpine Mine located 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray by 15,900 cubic metres per day.

July 16, 2013

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article – Drinking Water Dispute

Julie Abouchar quoted in article by Kerry Freek – Drinking Water Dispute, Water Canada, May/June 2013.

May 13, 2013

No-fault Orders Dumping Clean-up Costs on Innocent Parties

Two recent court cases illustrate how the so-called “no-fault” provisions in Ontario’s environmental laws can saddle innocent parties, both corporate and individual, with millions of dollars of remediation costs, while a bankruptcy case in Newfoundland is forcing environmental agencies to pursue these innocent ‘deep pockets’ ever more vigorously to fund future cleanup projects.

April 09, 2013

Consultant Liability and Common Pitfalls

Consultant liability is a hot topic that permeates the environmental consulting world. John Georgakopoulos spoke on the topic at EcoLog Legislation’s Environmental iability Seminar on April 9, 2013 in Toronto.

March 26, 2013

John Willms Quoted in Article - Beyond Dig-And-Dump: New Approaches to Soil Remediation

John Willms is quoted in article by Camilla Cornell, Environmental Consultant, January 2013

February 05, 2013

When Complying with the Law in Your Own Backyard Is Not Enough: Cross-Border United States and Canada Environmental Litigation

American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Winter 2013.

January 21, 2013

Donna Shier Quoted in Article - Drilling Down, Canadian Lawyer Magazine January 2013

Donna Shier is quoted in article by Michael McKiernan, Drilling Down, Canadian Lawyer Magazine January 2013. Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is named one of Canada's top 5 environmental law boutiques.

January 09, 2013

Another Big Budget Bill, More Big Changes

This summer we wrote about changes to Canada’s environmental legal landscape introduced by the first budget bill (Bill C-38), and their significance to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and the Fisheries Act.

January 09, 2013

Experts in Environmental Civil Actions

Environmental litigators find themselves embroiled in a world of disputes where science, engineering and environmental law intersect. These disputes lead to environmental civil claims.

November 29, 2012

Jacquelyn Stevens Quoted in Article - Q&A = Success for OFA, Fabricare Canada

Jacquelyn Stevens presented at the Ontario Fabricare Associaton's Annual Convention on September 15, 2012 "What You Need to Know" Reporting Obligations and Governmental Action.

October 15, 2012

When Odour Issues Cause Headaches: Understanding the Legal Implications of a Smelly Operation

Odour complaints can result in a variety of legal or regulatory actions against the owners and operators of a facility.

September 15, 2012

Implementing Ontario’s New Archaeology Standards

Municipal planners and developers are finding that they not only have to address how a proposed project could affect theenvironment, but also its potential to affect Aboriginal cultural resources.

June 01, 2012

Gutting the Fisheries Act and Other Federal Environmental Legislation

At least at the federal level, it appears that the environmental law landscape in Canada is changing. With the announcement of the federal budget, it was clear that there would be wide and sweeping changes to both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and the Fisheries Act.

May 31, 2012

Ontario Moves to Limit the Risk of Explosions from Installing Geothermal Systems

On April 20, 2012, a contractor drilling a borehole for a geothermal system outside an Oakville client’s home struck a pocket of pressurized ...

April 01, 2012

Courts Shed Light on Consultation

Ever since the Supreme Court’s landmark Haida decision in 2004, companies, governments and aboriginal communities have been making sense of the “duty to consult” when a contemplated action may adversely affect an aboriginal right or title.

March 01, 2012

Looking into the Future of Water: Technology, Energy, Rates and First Nations Rights

After learning that this issue’s theme is Cities of the Future, we decided to take the rare opportunity to rise above the current and pending legislation, regulations and policies and look more broadly into the future of the water industry in Canada.

January 13, 2012

Turbine opponents whistling in the wind?

Last summer, the Environmental Review Tribunal dismissed the first appeal of a renewable energy approval (REA) for a wind turbine project in its decision Erickson v. Director, Ministry of the Environment. The tribunal acknowledged the appellants presented evidence about the risk of wind turbines in general, but did not provide enough evidence about the risks posed by the project in question.

January 01, 2012

Municipalities Can Benefit from Renewable Energy

The Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEGEA) came into force two and a half years ago. The GEGEA created significant changes in Ontario’s approach to electricity procurement. Perhaps most controversial, however, was the removal of planning powers from local municipalities signalling the loss of the ability to control the siting of renewable energy projects “within their backyards”.

December 01, 2011

Planning for Asset Management: The Reports on Water Quality, The Wait for Regulation

Asset management and financial viability are concerns at some water and wastewater treatment plants across the province. Municipalities both large and small, as well as First Nations struggle to find adequate financial resources to treat water and wastewater.

October 01, 2011

How Fit is it? A Review of the Green Energy Act and the Feed-in Tariff Program for Water and Wastewater Projects

The Green Energy Act was enacted on May 14, 2009. Over the months that followed, a number of new regulations and amendments were drafted and declared in force. On October 1, 2009, the Ontario Power Authority began accepting applications under the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program.

August 01, 2011

Ottawa's Proposed National Standards for Municipal Wastewater Receive Mixed Reviews

On March 20,2010, the Minister of the Environment published the draft Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, under the Fisheries Act with little fanfare.1 These regulations will create significant progress in addressing an important environmental issue – water pollution. The draft Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations will be the first major addition to the federal water pollution control standards in more than 20 years.

July 01, 2011

When the Past Won't Stay Buried: Liability for Historic Contamination in a Post-Berendsen World

You likely did it, even if you don’t remember. After all, it was the sixties: little was known about contaminants, the environment or adverse effects. There was no environmental movement, no Earth Day, and no environmental legislation.

June 01, 2011

The Other Half of the Green Energy Equation: Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency

In a world increasingly concerned with energy, the focus is often on thesource of energy. Discussions on energy are often framed by a debate about whether we should continue to use fossil fuels or move to renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar.

March 15, 2011

Snakes & Ladders: Ontario's Endangered Species Act

Ecological consultants are often asked to comment on development projects where the developer presumes the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA, 2007) does not apply.

December 01, 2010

Clamping Down on Greenwashing

More and more consumers are opting for the environmentally friendly, all-natural, non-toxic, dolphin-safe, recyclable alternative. They do not want to waste money on ordinary “eco-junk” that has been tarted up with deceptive or unsubstantiated “green” marketing claims.

December 01, 2010

Protecting Lake Simcoe: When a Strategy Imposes Legal Limits

Outside of the Great Lakes, Lake Simcoe is the largest lake in southern Ontario. Eight municipalities obtain their drinking water from Lake Simcoe. The Lake Simcoe watershed contains numerous provincially significant wetlands, woodlands, and productive agricultural areas.

November 16, 2010

Low-Risk Approvals Now Obtained On-line

With the passage of Bill 68, the Open for Business Act, 2010, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) now has the legislative authority to begin streamlining its backlogged and unwieldly environmental approvals process.

September 01, 2010

New Regulations Clarify Source Protection Plans

Recent amendments to the regulations under the Clean Water Act flesh out which approvals and permits will be subject to the mandatory requirements of source protection plans, and set out new policy tools that source protection committees can use to protect drinking water sources.

August 01, 2010

Environmental Mishap Leads to Unwelcome Derivative Claim

From a terrorist attack to an oil well blowout to a serious workplace accident, threats to a company's financial viability come in many guises. Directors and officers have a fiduciary duty to anticipate problems, assess risks, devise an appropriate response strategy, and implement safeguards.

July 01, 2010

Ontario’s New Water Opportunities Strategy; Will it Make the Province a Leader in Water Technology?

In his Speech from the Throne earlier this year1, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the creation of a strategy that seeks to make the province the North American leader in the development and commercialization of new technologies and services for water conservation and treatment.

June 16, 2010

Bankrolling Waste Diversion

Ontario is poised to make extended producer responsibility (EPR) the foundation for the province's future waste diversion framework.

April 01, 2010

Is Sustainable Funding for Water and Wastewater Systems Finally Coming to Ontario?

The latest move in Ontario’s long and protracted shift towards sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure funding is Bill 237, which would enact the Sustainable Water and Waste Water Systems Improvement and Maintenance Act, 2009 (“SWIM”)1. If enacted, it would establish the Ontario Water Board to oversee aspects of municipal water and wastewater treatment.

April 01, 2010

Real Liability for Environmental Harm

So just how much environmental “hot water” might directors and officers of your corporation find themselves in? This is not a rhetorical question. The answer has real implications for you, your company, and those in charge at the highest ranks.

January 23, 2010

Ontario Supports Aboriginal Access to Green Energy Boom

A renewable energy boom is coming to Ontario if the government estimates come to fruition. Ontario estimates that the Green Energy Act will create 50,000 jobs in the sector over three years and $10 billion in revenue.

January 01, 2010

Municipalities and the Green Energy Act - Update

This article appeared in the January 2010 issue of Municipal World.

October 02, 2009

Source water protection - Ontario Clean Water Act

The Ontario Clean Water Act (CWA) is intended to protect existing and future sources of drinking water. It is a response to Justice Dennis O’Connor’s recommendation in his report on the Walkerton tragedy to develop source protection plans at the local level for every watershed in Ontario.

September 01, 2009

Renewable Energy Projects Under the Green Energy Act

The province of Ontario’s recent Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 20091 (“GEGEA”) aims to establish Ontario as a leader in North America in building renewable energy generation facilities, encouraging energy conservation and creating green jobs.

August 01, 2009


From ozone layer holes to mutating viruses to radon gas, we are all aware what you can’t see can definitely hurt you. Ultra-small nanoparticles could be the foundation of the next industrial revolution, ushering in a new Star Trek age of molecular manipulation.

June 02, 2009

The Long and Winding Road, Municipal Liability for Roadway Contamination

Hazmat Magazine, Spring 2009 by Marc McAree Almost every municipality has contamination under roadways from common sources like gas stations, ...

October 01, 2008

Getting the Deal Through Environment 2009

To view this article click on this link: Getting the Deal Through Environment 2009

May 16, 2008

The Elephant in the Dumpster

Although the success of residential recycling programs continues, communities must pay additional attention to the growing industrial, commercial and institutional waste streams being generated to reach municipal diversion targets.

September 16, 2007

Greening with Uncertainty

More stringent revisions to cleanup standards will impede the redevelopment of polluted industrial properties across Ontario.

August 23, 2007

Donna Shier Quoted in Article – Calling in the Green Team

Environmental law boutiques offer specialized and, now, much-in-demand expertise.

July 16, 2007

Directors' and Officers' Environmental Liability

Heightened awareness of environmental protection has focused legislative attention on corporate accountability. In keeping with the trend to improve corporate governance, a growing number of environmental statutory provisions have imposed environmental due diligence duties on directors and officers. Unwitting directors and officers can find themselves facing steep fines and even imprisonment for their corporation’s environmental transgressions.

January 01, 2007

Canadian Environmental Law and Policy: International Comparative Legal Guide

Canadian Environmental Law and Policy Chapter: International Comparative Legal Guide. This Chapter of the International Comparative Legal Gu...

October 20, 2006

Smelly Organic Waste Plant Ordered Closed

To view this article please click the following link: Smelly Organic Waste Plant Ordered Closed.  

June 16, 2001

Proposed New Contaminated Land Law Released

The Minister of Municipal Affairs introducted proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection Act, the Municipal Act, the Planning Act and related statutes on May 17, 2001. Bill 56 is called the Brownsfields Statute Law Amendment Act, 2001. The government wants to encourage developers, lenders, and municipalities to invest in redevelopment of contaminated land by authorizing financial incentives, limiting certain liabilities and legislating clean-up rules.

October 01, 1998

Ontario Contaminated Site Guideline Changed to Appease Consultants, Insurers, Municipalities

After two years of consultations with concerned stakeholders, Ontario's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has revised the Record of Site Condition (RSC) to be signed by owners and consultants as evidence of site clean-up.

September 01, 1998

Spills, Sewers and Stormwater: A Legal Opinion on Environmental Issues - Part II

In part II, I promised to discuss some new regulatory initiatives relevant to water and wastewater and stormwater system approvals and management.