Category Archives: Environmental

Bulletproofing Your Company (and yourself) Against Legal Liability For Contaminated Land

Please join me at this month’s Toronto Business Lawyers’ Association breakfast where I will be speaking on the topic Bulletproofing Your Company (and yourself) Against Legal Liability For Contaminated Land. The event takes place on May 16, 2019 at 8:30 am in … Continue reading

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Ontario Plans To Amend Excess Soil and Brownfields Regulation

Ontario is proposing changes to the excess soil management and brownfields redevelopment regime. The changes are designed to “make it safer and easier for more excess soil to be reused locally…while continuing to ensure strong environmental protection” and to “clarify rules … Continue reading

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Canada’s climate is warming twice as fast as global average

Canada’s Changing Climate Report (CCCR), led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, has just been released. It is the first major report of the current National Assessment, Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action, launched in 2017. The CCCR makes … Continue reading

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Environmental Law Moot – the Orphan Well Decision

I had the pleasure last week of joining with other senior members of the Ontario environmental law bar to help judge the 2019 Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot. Thank you to my colleagues at Willms & Shier for inviting … Continue reading

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NEB recommends approval of Trans Mountain Expansion Project

In what will undoubtedly prove to be a controversial move with environmental and Indigenous groups, the National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its Reconsideration report to the Government of Canada on Friday of last week, with an overall recommendation that the … Continue reading

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Ontario Consults on Emissions Performance Standards Proposal to Fend Off Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop

Ontario is consulting on a proposed Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) for the industrial sector, intended as an alternative to the federal government’s Output-Based Pricing System (OBPS) (federal backstop) for electricity and industrial sectors under Part 2 of the Greenhouse Gas … Continue reading

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Provincial Environmental Obligations Prevail Over Federal Bankruptcy Laws – Supreme Court of Canada

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the case of Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al.Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al.  The decision writes another chapter in … Continue reading

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