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Federal Environmental Enforcement Concerns and Recent Enforcement

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In an article in early January 2020 by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), they wrote, “As the New Year approaches there are numerous environmental issues that will continue to command the attention of litigators and legislators across Canada.”  The article then lays out why it will be a busy year for environmental issues in Canada.  In closing, they state, “For these and other reasons, 2020 is shaping up to be a busy (if not intriguing) year for environmental lawyers and their clients across Canada.” While it was only written...

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The Environment, The Economy, Reporting Deadlines, and Delays

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Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic is a challenge on many fronts, not the least of which are economic recovery and environmental protection. First, an important reminder on an upcoming deadline:  the Environmental Emergency (E2) regulations. As we shared about a year ago, “In August 2019, the updated Environmental Emergency (E2 Regulations) will officially repeal and replace the existing Environmental Emergency Regulations.”  We also said that the regulations affect about 3,000 facilities across Canada. At the time we are writing this blog,...

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A 10-Second Environmental Compliance Check Up

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If you have a question about an environmental compliance issue, or would like us to address a specific environmental compliance issue in the future, contact Christopher Paré, P.Geo. at 519-979-7300, ext. 114. Environmental Compliance Tips 2020 July: Transportation of Dangerous Goods Does Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Good (TDG) Act apply to my company or to me personally? The TDG regulations have universal application, with some exemptions. From the Government of Canada: “Canada’s TDG Regulations apply to everyone. They even...

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Businesses Start the Process of Recovery from COVID-19

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  Many people have commented on how quiet it was as we were  in lockdown due to COVID-19.  In some places, wildlife found once-busy urban environments now very appealing as traffic all but disappeared. The lack of cars, trucks, air traffic, and industrial activity did lend itself to peaceful evening walks and allowed us to, at least for the moment, forget about the tragic situation across the globe. Reopening the Economy We are now in the slow process of carefully and cautiously bringing the economy back into production.  We have had...

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Canadian Provincial Environmental Policies During COVID-19

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There have been many policy changes during this COVID-19 pandemic. These changes affect many aspects of our personal and professional lives.  As it relates to provincial environmental policies, there is a wide-range of responses. The summary below is very brief, and we suggest that you evaluate how changes in provincial policies may affect your environmental obligations. Ontario:  The Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced changes under the Environmental Bill of Rights.  See “Temporary Exemptions Relating to...

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Lingering Environmental Issues and Some Remediation Progress

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While environmental headlines may tend to focus on the issue du jour (PFAS, plastics, microbeads, etc.), we still have plenty of older, unresolved environmental issues that require our attention.  However, we have made some significant progress along the way. Old Sewer Systems There was another reminder about the problems we continue to have with infrastructure, specifically our aging sewers and outdated combined sewer overflows (CSOs). 24-Billion-Litre Spill over Four Years According to the CBC, “A new report says Hamilton doesn’t have...

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Maintaining Your Environmental Obligations During Difficult Times

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What are Canadians concerned about as we are dealing with COIVD-19?  According to Statistics Canada, 84% of us are concerned about overloading the healthcare system and 54% are concerned about the health of a loved one.  However, we are being proactive.  92% of us are washing our hands more frequently and 87% are maintaining social-distancing requirements. Environmental Obligations Remain If you are in charge of environmental compliance/management, you may have other concerns as well, including maintaining compliance.   Based on our...

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Financial Institutions Put Pressure on Environmental Programs

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There are many environmental laws and regulations that apply to a variety of activities at companies.  These laws may require filing for permits with local, provincial, or federal regulators. Laws and regulations apply to everyone.  From local ordinances that may dictate the height of a fence on your property to speed limits on roads, we are required to be aware and comply with laws. Enforcement from Regulators We routinely report in our blogs about various environmental enforcement actions – some, likely most, are accidents or mishaps that...

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Environmental Preparations for Construction-Related Projects in Ontario

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Much of the world seems to have come to a complete standstill.  We all share a singular priority – stop the spread of COVID-19.  For nearly everyone, this means there is no business as usual.  Some are working at home, some are experiencing layoffs, and everyone has experienced drastic changes to every imaginable aspect of life. While we continue to work on projects, we do so with a great deal more caution to protect everyone from this pandemic. While we don’t know when life will return to some semblance of normalcy, we will continue to offer...

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Environmental Health and Safety Issues in the News

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Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) issues have all been in the news of late.  Dominating the health part of EHS is the Coronavirus, or COVID 19, which is currently a significant challenge for companies and governments worldwide.  Infectious diseases aside, there were other EHS items in the news recently. Hydrogen Cyanide Release As recently reported in a couple of different publications, Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, had a release of hydrogen cyanide that affected employees and contractors at the plant. SOOTODAY reports,...

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