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February 24, 2017

2017 W&S Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP and Osgoode Hall Law School will be hosting the 2017 Willms & Shier Env...
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December 19, 2016

Marc McAree Named Among the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

Congratulations to Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP partner Marc McAree for his inclusion in the 2017 Lexpert®/...
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January 05, 2016

Marc McAree Named Among the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

Congratulations to Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP partner Marc McAree for his inclusion in the 2016 Lexpert®/...
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November 30, 2015

Willms & Shier in the News: The Globe and Mail

The Sunday edition of The Globe and Mail spotlights Canada’s deregulation of water resources.  Willms & Shier’s research supp...
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August 26, 2015

Willms & Shier Lawyers Are Once Again Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2016

Congratulations to Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP partners Donna Shier, Marc McAree, Julie Abouchar, Charles (Chu...
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December 07, 2016

Willms & Shier named Law Firm of the Year - The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2017 Edition

Congratulations to Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP for being named "Law Firm of the Year" for Environmental Law in the 2017 Edition of...
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December 07, 2016

Willms & Shier Lawyers Are Once Again Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2017

Congratulations to Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP partners Donna Shier, Marc McAree, Julie Abouchar and Char...
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October 08, 2015

Taykwa Tagamou Nation and OPG Start Construction of New 28 MW Hydro Facility

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP congratulates Taykwa Tagamou Nation on starting construction of a new hydro generation facility on its...
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July 27, 2015

Canadian Journal of Administrative Law & Practice: Experts in Environmental Litigation

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is proud to announce that Marc McAree’s and Robert Woon's article titled Experts in Environmenta...
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March 17, 2015

Listed Magazine Quotes Richard Butler on Airborne Claim-Staking by KWG Resources Inc.

Listed Magazine published the article, "Deets from above" by Brian Banks on February 27, 2015, examining the practice by exploration companies of d...
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March 17, 2015

Ontario Mineral Exploration Review Features Article on Mining-Claim Staking in Remote Areas by Richard Butler

The Spring 2015 issue of the Ontario Mineral Exploration Review features an article by Willms & Shier associate lawyer Richard Butler ...
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February 17, 2015

Julie Abouchar Called to the Bar of Northwest Territories

Congratulations to Willms & Shier partner and Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, Julie Abouchar, for her recent call to the Bar of the&...
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January 06, 2015

Marc McAree Named Among the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

Congratulations to Willms & Shier partner Marc McAree for being selected for inclusion in the 2015 Lexpert™®/American Lawyer Gui...
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December 23, 2014

Ontario Water Law - New Book By Julie Abouchar and Theresa McClenaghan Published December 12, 2014

Willms & Shier partner Julie Abouchar has co-authored her new book, Ontario Water Law, with Theresa McClenaghan of the Canadian Environmental L...
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December 03, 2014

Marc McAree Featured as Environmental Lawyer for December 2014 in ELN

We are delighted to announce that Willms & Shier partner and Certified Environmental law Specialist Marc McAree is The Environmental Law Networ...
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November 27, 2014

Charles Birchall Called to the Northwest Territories Bar

Congratulations to Willms & Shier partner Charles (Chuck) Birchall for his call to the Northwest Territories bar this month...
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September 08, 2014

Welcome Nicole Petersen and Robert Woon!

Willms & Shier is delighted to welcome new associates Nicole Petersen and Robert Woon. Nicole assists First Nations, business and governme...
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August 27, 2014

John Georgakopoulos Selected as Finalist in Lexpert Rising Stars - Leading Lawyers Under 40 Competition

Congratulations to Willms & Shier partner John Georgakopoulos for being selected as a Finalist in Lexpert's "Rising Stars - Leading Lawyers Und...
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August 25, 2014

Willms & Shier Lawyers Once Again Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2015

Five Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP partners have been listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2015. Congratulations to Willms &am...
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July 07, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

Congratulations to Willms & Shier partners John Willms, Donna Shier, Marc McAree and Julie Abouchar for their inclusion in the 2014 e...
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June 24, 2014

John Willms Discusses 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...
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June 19, 2014

Willms & Shier Partners Called to the Nunavut Bar

Congratulations to Willms & Shier partners Julie Abouchar and Charles (Chuck) Birchall for their calls to the Nunavut bar on June 18,...
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June 10, 2014

Willms & Shier Partners Selected Among World's Leading Environmental Lawyers by Who's Who Legal 2014

Congratulations to Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP partners Charles Birchall, Marc McAree and Donna Shier for being nam...
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June 06, 2014

John Donihee Receives Premier's Award for Work on New Northwest Territories Wildlife Act

Congratulations to our colleague John Donihee on his receipt of a Government of the Northwest Territories "Premier's Award for Collaboration"!...
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June 03, 2014

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...
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May 02, 2014

John Donihee Speaking at the North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

John Donihee will be speaking at the upcoming North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference. The event is taking place in Yello...
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April 29, 2014

OBA's Risk Assessment for Contaminated Land

Marc McAree will be chairing the Ontario Bar Association's program "Risk Assessment for Contaminated Land: Three Years After The July 1, 2011 Amend...
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April 25, 2014

Katherine Koostachin on Research Advisory Board for Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business' New "Promise and Prosperity: Ontario Aboriginal Business Survey Report 2014"

This report reviews the status of Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Ontario - who they are, what their experiences have been and what they need for futur...
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April 25, 2014

Marc McAree Speaking at CBA NEERLS Webinar on Cross-Border and Inter-Provincial Environmental Disputes

Marc McAree will be moderating a panel discussing important questions on whether and to what extent the laws of another jurisdiction reach across i...
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April 25, 2014

Willms & Shier Lawyers Participating in CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

Join Willms & Shier lawyers John Donihee, Charles Birchall and Julie Abouchar at this event, being held June 19-20, 2014 in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
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April 25, 2014

Marc McAree Speaking on Vapour Intrusion at the 2014 CBA NEERLS Annual Law Summit

Marc McAree will be speaking at the upcoming 2014 CBA NEERLS Law Summit on "Vapour Intrusion: What you can't see, smell, hear, taste or feel can hu...
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April 23, 2014

Jacquelyn Stevens Speaking at the Ontario Fabricare Association and ECLDA Conference June 6-7, 2014

Jacquelyn Stevens will be speaking at the OFA and ECLDA's Conference on June 7, 2014 about "Best Practices for Environmental Management"....
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April 21, 2014

Katherine Koostachin Quoted in Article - An economic transformation: Business law, with an aboriginal twist, has gone mainstream

Katherine Koostachin is quoted in an article that discusses the the crossroads of business and Aboriginal law. The article, "An economic transforma...
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April 15, 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...
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April 03, 2014

Conference: All-Energy Canada Exhibition & Conference

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP will be an exhibitor at the All-Energy Canada Exhibition & Conference, April 9-10, 2014 at the Exh...
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March 31, 2014

Welcome John Donihee!

We are delighted to welcome John Donihee to the Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP Northern Team as of April 1, 2014. John brings wi...
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March 31, 2014

Informa: Developing Challenged Sites: The Need for Innovative Strategies and Patience

John Georgakopoulos is a panelist at the 10th Annual Land & Development Conference to discuss maximizing development opportunities from br...
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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...
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March 04, 2014

Webinar: OWMA: Soils Management in Ontario – the ‘new’ MOE Excess Soils Guidelines

Charlesl J. Birchall will be presentating at Ontario Waste Management Association's March Webinar Series. To learn more about it and to register, c...
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February 26, 2014

Conference: CANECT 2014 - Waste Management, Air Emissions and Water & Wastewater Programs

Willms & Shier partners and associates are Chairs and speakers at CANECT’s 22nd Annual Conference on Environmental Compliance Essentials....
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February 25, 2014

Willms & Shier Proudly Sponsors 2014 West Coast Environmental Law Twitter Moot for 3rd Year

This Friday, February 28, 2014, law students across Canada will gather on Twitter to compete in the 2014 Twitter Moot. This year, the students will...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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.&...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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February 07, 2014

Conference: Sites & Spills: Dealing with Environmental Consultant Blunders

John Georgakopoulos will be presenting the Sites & Spills Conference: Dealing with Environmental Consultant Blunders.  For more informa...
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February 06, 2014

Conference: CAELS 2014: Making Waves

Charles Birchall will present on Directors’ and Officers’ Environmental Liability the CAELS 2014 Conference in Ottawa. For more info...
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January 23, 2014

Conference: Petrocultures 2014: Oil, Energy and Canada's Future

Katherine Koostachin is a panelist at the plenary session: Who Owns Our Oil? For more information, click here.
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January 07, 2014

Conference: OBA Institute 2014 Young Lawyers Division: Charting a Career Path

Joanna Vince is the Program Chair for the Young Lawyers Division's lunch program, "Charting a Career Path." For more information, click here.
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January 07, 2014

Conference: The Commons Institute: Aboriginal Law and Resource Development

Katherine Koostachin will present on the topic, "Thinking Beyond the Impact Benefit Agreement - Rethinking Governance and its Role in IBA Implement...
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December 23, 2013

Conference: ALS Environmental Education Seminar: Reducing Risks - Improving Your Bottom Line

Matthew Gardiner will be speaking on environmental liability at this exclusive half-day educational seminar. For more information, click here.  
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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...
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December 10, 2013

Conference: Canadian Bar Association NEERLS Five-Part Webinar Series

CBA NEERLS Five-Part Webinar Series takes place January 16 to June 10, 2014.  Marc McAree chairs the series and is moderator on Jun...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.  ...
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December 02, 2013

Conference: Ottawa Construction Association, January 17, 2014

Join Marc McAree and Charles Birchall at the Ottawa Construction Association's half-day seminar as they discuss today's most pressing environm...
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November 28, 2013

Conference: Toronto Construction Association, February 12, 2014

Join Marc McAree, Charles Birchall, Matt Gardner and Richard Butler at this half-day seminar as they discuss today's most pressing enviro...
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November 28, 2013

Conference: Sites & Spills Conference, February 19-20, 2014

Willms & Shier Partners, John Willms, Marc McAree and John Georgakopoulos present on environmental liability and dealing with environ...
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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...
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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 ...
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November 11, 2013

Willms & Shier Partners Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2013 Directory

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is represented in the Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2013 directory by four practitioners.  S...
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November 11, 2013

Far-Reaching Fisheries Act Amendments Come into Force November 25, 2013

Long-awaited and far-reaching amendments to the federal Fisheries Act tabled in Bill C-38 come into effect on November 25, 2013.  If you recei...
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November 05, 2013

Willms & Shier Hires New Director of Marketing and Business Development

Monica Lim has joined Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP as Director of Marketing and Business Development. She will be working closely w...
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November 01, 2013

Conference: 25th Annual Meeting of NEERLS and Justice Canada, November 7-8, 2013

Join Charles Birchall and Donna Shier at the 25th Annual Meeting of NEERLS and Justice Canada in Ottawa on November 7-8, 2013. For m...
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November 01, 2013

Conference: Willms & Shier Presenting at Envirogate 2013 November 26-27

Envirogate's 20th Annual Conference on Environmental Compliance Essentials will be well-represented by Willms & Shier November 26-27, 2013 ...
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November 01, 2013

Breakfast Seminar: Impact of New Federal Environmental Legislation on Aboriginal Relations, November 7, 2013

Julie Abouchar and Charles Birchall are hosting a complimentary breakfast seminar in Ottawa November 7th to discuss how amended...
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October 28, 2013

Webinar: Corporate-Aboriginal Relations, December 6, 2013

On December 6th, Julie Abouchar and Katherine Koostachin are presenting a webinar at the Conference Board of Canada - "Corporate-Abo...
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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...
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April 17, 2013

John Willms Participates in Corporate LiveWire’s Virtual Round Table: Environmental Law

John Willms shares his expertise in Corporate LiveWire's interactive virtual Round Table on environmental law.
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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
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March 26, 2013

John Willms Quoted in Article - Property Owners Seek Assurances on Pit Project

John Willms is quoted in article by Ron Grech, The Daily Press (Timmins) October 2012.
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March 25, 2013

Osgoode Cleans Up at the Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot

Willms & Shier mentioned in article by Bianca Bell, Obiter Dicta, the student-run newspaper of Osgoode Hall Law School.
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February 06, 2013

Congratulations to Celina Chan (University of Alberta), the winner of CAELS’ 2013 Environmental Law Writing Competition!

Willms & Shier, proud sponsor of The Canadian Association of Environmental Law Societies (CAELS)'s 2013 essay competition.
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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.
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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.
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November 23, 2012

John Georgakopoulos Quoted in Article - BC Leading Way in Frack Fluid Disclosure

HazMat Management magazine mentions Willms & Shier environmental lawyer John Georgakopoulos' talk on regulatory aspects of fracking in Canada from the 2nd International Sites and Spills Expo in Toronto.
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August 23, 2012

Feed-in Tariff (FIT 2.0) program

Ontario re-launches the Feed-in Tariff (FIT 2.0) program with new rules and rates; Ontario Expands Support for Aboriginal clean energy projects
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August 21, 2012

Brownfields: Ontario Proposes Significant Regulatory Changes

Significant changes to Ontario's Brownfields Standards and regulations were posted October 6 for 120 day consultation Here is a link to the EBR notice, that itself includes links to the proposed new standards and regulations.
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August 21, 2012

Ontario's New Air Emissions Regulation Posted Tougher Air Emissions Regime Coming

A completely overhauled Regulation 346 and updated air emissions regulation regime is coming to Ontario. After a year of intensive stakeholder consultation, the MOE has posted its proposed new Regulation 346 for comment until June 4, 2005.
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July 23, 2012

New wastewater systems effluent regulations

Wastewater treatment plants to meet Ottawa’s new minimum performance standards
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July 20, 2012

New CEAA Regs Released

Thousands of screenings cancelled: Ottawa publishes regulations to implement new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012
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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 ...
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March 23, 2012

Recommendations of Federal Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

In an effort to improve the “timeliness” of federal assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), Ottawa appears ready to abrogate its oversight role in favour of any province that provides equivalent assessments. Responsibility for conducting larger screenings should be assigned to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, unless another regulator is better suited to perform that role. The Minister of the Environment should be provided “more authority with respect to major projects,” although details on what that authority may be have not been released.
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March 23, 2012

Two-year fit review

Two-year FIT review confirms need for Aboriginal and local community support for projects. Regulatory approvals to be further streamlined. Province listens to need for price certainty.
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February 01, 2012

Marc McAree Quoted in Article - Clearing the Air: Dismissal of Inco Class Action

Marc McAree quoted in the article by Kevin Marron, Clearing the Air: Dismissal ofInco class action will likely head to the Supreme Court and provide more clarity on strict liability in environmental damage cases, Canadian Lawyer January 2012.
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January 02, 2012

Donna Shier Quoted in Article - Warming to Adaptation

Donna Shier quoted in the article by Patricia MacInnis, Warming to Adaptation, Canadian Lawyer INHOUSE, December 2011 /January 2012.
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December 02, 2011

Marc McAree Quoted in Article - Hamilton Wants Federal Money for Airport Cleanup

Marc McAree quoted in the article by Steve Arnold, Hamilton wants federal money for airport cleanup, The Hamilton Spectator, December 2011.
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December 01, 2011

WHO’S WHO LEGAL Canada: Environment, October 2011. Three lawyers feature from “first rate” environmental boutique Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP in Toronto

Canada’s rigorous environmental regulations have placed a high premium on the advice rendered by leading lawyers in this discipline, and the sophistication of the national environmental bar is attested to by the 58 practitioners we recognise in this chapter – making it one of the largest in the current edition.
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November 02, 2011

Marc McAree Quoted in Article - Tribunal Case Sends Shivers

Marc McAree quoted in the article by Judy Van Rhijn - Tribunal Case Sends Shivers, Law Times News, November 2011.
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July 01, 2011

Donna Shier Quoted in Article - The Minimum is Not Enough

Donna Shier quoted in article by Marzena Czarnecka, Lexpert July/August 2011. Click here to read the article.
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March 01, 2011

Chambers & Partners names Willms & Shier one of the “Best of Canada” in Environmental Law.

The results, published in Chambers Global 2011 directory resource, are based on months of in-depth research of legal markets of over 180 countries by U.K.-based legal publisher Chambers & Partners.
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November 03, 2010

Julie Abouchar Introduces Minister Wilkinson at Water Opportunities 2010

On Monday, November 22, 2010 Minister John Wilkinson, Ontario Minister of the Environment, provided opening remarks at a combined session of the delegates from Water Opportunities 2010 and Environmental Compliance Essentials.
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November 02, 2010

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Ontario’s Green Energy Act is Fueling a Dispute with Japan

That act includes a feed-in-tariff (FIT) program to encourage the adoption of renewable energy sources -- and support local businesses.
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November 01, 2010

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Lawyers Called to Help in Green Energy Battle

With Ontario getting on the green energy bandwagon, lawyers who practise real estate law face the prospect of representing clients who have been approached by alternative power developers seeking to set up wind farms or solar panel projects.
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September 01, 2010

Donna Shier Quoted in Article - Protect Yourself

There are a few reasons why you must conduct a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, and plenty of reasons why you should.
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July 02, 2010

WCI Releases Detailed Cap-and-trade Strategy: Ontario, B.C. and Quebec to begin issuing greenhouse gas allowances by January 2012

On July 27, the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) released a comprehensive blueprint for reducing regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.
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July 01, 2010

Willms & Shier Sparks Low-Income Energy Program

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) was introduced by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) following a decision of the Divisional Court. Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP represented the Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) as counsel, and won a ruling that the OEB has jurisdiction to implement affordable rate programs based on a consumer’s ability to pay.
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June 01, 2010

Willms & Shier Honoured, Hazmat magazine (June 7, 2010)

For the fourth straight time, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP has been named one of Canada's top five boutique environmental law firms, and one of only two in Ontario.
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May 02, 2010

Omnibus Open for Business Act would replace much of the existing environmental approvals process with a streamlined compliance approval and online registry system

On May 17, 2010, the Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade introduced Bill 68, the Open for Business Act, 2010. The omnibus Bill is intended to transform the government-to-business relationship by streamlining government services and cutting so-called ‘red tape’.
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May 01, 2010

US Senate will take a third crack at passing climate change legislation

Canada’s federal climate change strategy is on hold until the Americans firm up their own intentions. So you should know that U.S. Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman are taking a third and likely final crack at pushing greenhouse gas emission cuts, backed by a cap-and-trade system, through a fractious Senate.
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January 02, 2010

Municipalities and the Green Energy Act article - Municipal World January 2010

This is an update of our paper previously posted which takes into account the passing and implementation of the Green Energy Act and its regulations.
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January 01, 2010

MOE Revises Brownfields Regulations

On December 29, 2009, without press release or Internet explanation, the Ontario government quietly filed the extensive and long-awaited changes to its brownfields regulations (O. Reg. 153/04).
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December 02, 2009

Prospects for Copenhagen: W+SEL interview with Green Business

Paul Manning is quoted in the Green Business article Copenhagen: no agreement likely, so what should we expect next? by Robert Colman Click he...
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December 01, 2009

Ontario has Filed its GHG Emissions Reporting Regulation

On December 1, 2009 Ontario filed its final Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) under the Environmental Protection ...
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September 02, 2009

The Green Energy Act Regulations September 2009

Ontario is several steps closer to implementing its Green Energy Act (GEA). On September 24, 2009, the Ministries of the Environment and ...
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September 01, 2009

Municipalities and the Green Energy Act: Benefits, Burdens and the Loss of Power

On May 14, 2009, the Government of Ontario passed the Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEGEA). The GEGEA enacts the Green Energy ...
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July 02, 2009

The Green Energy Act - The Devil in the Detail

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has provided some of the performance standards to implement its Green Energy and Green Economy A...
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July 01, 2009

John Willms Quoted in Article - Climate Change Intertwined with Energy and Cleantech are the New Horizons for Environmental Lawyers

John Willms quoted in article by Julius Melnitzer, Law Times, July 20, 2009. Click here to read the article.
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June 02, 2009

Ontario offering foundries and forest products companies some relief from local air quality standards, tougher ESDM requirements

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is proposing a new compliance option for two industry sectors. Forest products industries and foundri...
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June 01, 2009

Ontario moves to replace environmental assessment for renewable energy projects with streamlined approval process

Ontario is poised to replace the environmental assessment (EA) of most renewable energy projects with a streamlined approval process under the ...
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May 03, 2009

Ontario prepares legislative groundwork for GHG cap-and-trade system

On May 27, Minister of the Environment John Gerretsen introduced Bill 185, theEnvironmental Protection Amendment Act (Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trad...
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May 02, 2009

Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009

Ontario quickly passes Green Energy Act with some interesting revisions Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009&nbs...
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May 01, 2009

Ontario releases long-awaited amendments to Mining Act

On April 30, 2009, Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines, the Hon. Michael Gravelle, introduced for First Reading Bill 173, th...
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March 01, 2009

For a briefing on the new Federal Environmental Enforcement Act, Bill C-16, listen to Doug Petrie's radio interview with Law Correspondent Naomi Jehlicka, CIUT 89.5 FM.

http://besustainable.com/greenmajority/2009/03/13/tgm-128/ 
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February 01, 2009

Ontario Government Introduces the Green Energy Act

On February 23, the Ontario Government tabled for First Reading its omnibus Bill 150, the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009, which is i...
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January 01, 2009

Divisional Court Curtails MOE Investigation Power

On January 7, 2009, the Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision (Branch) that will significantly affect how O...
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April 03, 2008

W+SEL Helps Exploration Company and First Nation Reach Agreement

Juli Abouchar, a partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, was legal counsel to Richview Resources Inc. in successful consultations ...
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April 02, 2008

IPSP – Ontario Energy Board Issues Decision

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued its Issues List decision March 26, 2008. The decision defines the scope of hearing and questions the Board wi...
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April 01, 2008

Ontario Brownfields: New QP Regulation Cedes Control to Engineers and Geoscientists

Summary As of October 1, 2009, MOE has ceded control over who is a QP to the PEO and Professional Geoscientists. No more agrologists or technologis...
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March 02, 2008

Summary of Canada’s Climate Change Regulatory Framework Announcement (March 10, 2008)

The Federal Government announced more details of its regulatory framework for climate change on March 10, 2008 with the publication of five documen...
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March 01, 2008

Aboriginal Law: Kemess North Mine Refused by Government

In March 2008 the federal and British Columbia governments accepted a Joint Environmental Assessment Panel's recommendation, and turned down the Ke...
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August 23, 2007

Donna Shier Quoted in Article – Calling in the Green Team

Environmental law boutiques offer specialized and, now, much-in-demand expertise.
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July 03, 2007

Ontario’s 3Rs Regulations: Ramping Up Inspections of Businesses for 3Rs Compliance

Ontario’s MOE is hiring 10 new environmental enforcement officers to “focus on waste diversion” in business and industry. In 2006...
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July 02, 2007

Environmental Penalties Spill Regime Now In Force

ONTARIO’S BILL 133 ENVIRONMENTAL PENALTIES TOOK EFFECT AUGUST 1, 2007 Spills and MISA Violations Subject To Monetary Penalty Orders On August...
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July 01, 2007

Clean Water Act, 2006 Proclaimed in Force July 3, 2007

Ontario’s Clean Water Act, 2006 and the first phase of regulations came into force on July 3, 2007. Click hereto link to MOE&r...
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March 02, 2007

Ontario Brownfields Clean-Up Standards To Be Revised

Ontario's MOE posted proposed new clean-up standards for 60 days of public consultation on March 23, 2007. More stringent standards include those f...
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March 01, 2007

Willms and Shier's Donna Shier on Canada's Best Environmental Lawyers List

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP congratulates Donna Shier on being selected again to the Legal Post Best Lawyers in Canada: Environmen...
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January 02, 2007

Mining: Civil Immunity For "Good Samaritan" Mine Rehabilitation

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has posted a proposal to amend the Mining Act to protect mining companies participating in voluntary...
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January 01, 2007

Ontario MOE proposes Brownfields Changes

Would limit “reopeners”, civil liability for municipalities, but no protection from civil claims for property owners. After extensive s...
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October 02, 2006

Proposed Moe Spill Report and Plan Requirements

Spill Reporting Reg. Onerous and Impractical MOE has published two significant spill regulations for comment. One of these will impose new spill re...
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October 01, 2006

Odours Are Public Nuisance: Newmarket Gets Injunction

On September 29 the Town of Newmarket won a significant legal judgment to eliminate composting odours that had distressed workers and residents for...
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August 02, 2006

Ontario MOE Begins Enforcement of 3Rs Regulations

Ontario's Sector Compliance Branch (formerly SWAT) is inspecting companies in wide range of industrial sectors for compliance with the 3Rs regulati...
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August 01, 2006

Regulatory Amendments Proposed For Recycling, Alternative Fuels, New Waste Technologies

Ontario's MOE posted for comment a number of amendments to its waste management and disposal regime to encourage waste diversion. Most of the amend...
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March 02, 2006

Ontario Reduces Reporting Burden - 127/01

Ontario has significantly reduced the air emissions reporting burden on industries and institutions by cutting back reporting requirements under O....
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March 01, 2006

Storage Tanks 2006 - Now Available!

W+SEL Lawyer Doug Petrie's revised and updated book on storage tank regulation and compliance is now available from publisher Templegate Informatio...
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December 01, 2005

New Ontario Source Protection Law: Proposed Clean Water Act, 2005

Ontario's proposed Clean Water Act, 2005, introduced December 5, 2005 appears to be on a fast track, intended to take effect early in 2006. Al...
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October 31, 2005

Ontario Court of Appeal Dismisses Obstruction Charge -Leaves Door Open To Charge Spill Reporters

The Court of Appeal recently held that a Provincial Officer cannot demand information by telephone under s. 156 (or s. 92 - spills). Provincial Off...
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July 01, 2005

Brownfields Consultation Mandatory for CPU

On June 22 the MOE posted the EBR notice below. It would make Certificates of Property Use into Class II instruments under the EBR. Certificates of...
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June 02, 2005

Brownfields Mandatory RSC Filing Takes Effect October 1, 2005

Effective October 1, 2005, Ontario's Brownfields law will require the filing of a Record of Site Condition (RSC) on the Environmental Site Regist...
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June 01, 2005

Spills Bill 133 Passes

You Spill You Pay! Passes D&O Liability, Stricter Fines, Spill Reporting in Force Environmental Penalties - Not Yet Bill 133, the Environm...
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April 02, 2005

Ontario Environmental Assessment Recommendations Released For Consultation

Extensive Recommendations for Waste Management, Transportation, Transit, Clean Energy Recommendations for improving Ontario's Environmental Assess...
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March 31, 2005

Bill 133 - You Spill You Pay! Goes to Committee

The controversial Environmental Penalties legislation was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government on April 5. In an unusual move, ...
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February 01, 2005

New provincial policy statement takes effect March 1 Planning act now requires decisions

A new Provincial Policy Statement takes effect March 1, 2005, replacing the 1996 PPS. Changes to the Planning Act require all planning decisions t...
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December 01, 2004

New Water Taking / Source Protection Initiatives

INDUSTRIES, MUNICIPALITIES SHOULD START PLANNING NOW The Ontario Government released two important water initiatives on December 14, 2004. First,...
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