Dianne Saxe
One of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers, according to Best of the Best. Toronto’s Environmental Lawyer of the Year, according to Best Lawyers. Best Environmental Law Firm in Canada, according to Corporate International. One of Canada’s best environmental lawyers, according to numerous Canadian and foreign rating services. One of Canada’s first Certified Specialists in Environmental Law, the only practitioner with a Ph.D. in environmental law, and Canada’s leading author on environmental law. Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award. 35 years’ experience in all areas of environmental law and litigation. A highly acclaimed public speaker. Drafted parts of Ontario’s environmental laws.

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Entries by Dianne Saxe

This Pivotal Lawsuit Will Decide the Future of Yukon's Peel Watershed

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Last week, the Yukon Court of Appeal heard arguments about the future of the massive Peel River watershed, and about the meaning and application of modern aboriginal treaties. Will this land be mostly protected from development, as the planning commission decided after extensive aboriginal consultation? Or...

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Ontario Is Overpenalizing Owners of Contaminated Sites

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 1:08 PM

Do you have a key to a contaminated site?

It's more and more dangerous (to one's pocketbook) to have ANYTHING to do with a contaminated site in Ontario. Who would have thought that an individual could face unlimited personal liability for the cost of investigating and cleaning...

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Are We Repeating Old Mistakes With the Oil Sands?

(4) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 7:58 AM

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.

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Why These Beekeepers Filed a Class-Action Lawsuit

(7) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 8:02 AM

Last week, Canadian beekeepers filed a class action lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court (Windsor) against two massive chemical companies, Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, for over $400 million in losses allegedly caused by neonicotinoid pesticides to Ontario bees.

This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm to...

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Anti-Wind Appeal Ends With a Whimper

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:00 PM

The Environmental Review Tribunal continues to grind through its list of anti-wind appeals. On December 5, it rejected an appeal against the Renewable Energy Approval for another wind farm, Pattern Energy's South Kent Wind facility, 127 turbines between Tilbury and Ridgetown. In each of the appeals, the opponents...

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Harper's "New" Environmental Policy: Muddying Old Waters

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 2:50 PM

Officially, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, has abolished most federal environmental assessment screenings, but the practical effect is less than it appears. Parks Canada, for example, has simply replaced the old Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) process with its new, non statutory, "Environmental Impact Assessment" process.

The new process...

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The Government Thinks that Environmental Assessment Takes Way Too Long

(2) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 12:24 PM

The new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), which came into effect last month, allows the federal government to create mandatory timelines for assessments of even the largest and most important projects, regardless of public opposition.

On Friday, August 3, the Canadian Environmental Assessment...

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This Budget Could Use Some Green

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 2:19 PM

Just as the Federal Budget spends $8 million to increase the burdens on charities to prove they are staying away from political activities, the oil industry is trying to get Environmental Defence's charitable registration revoked. The lobby group that calls itself Ethical Oil has launched a...

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No Spills? How Can Enbridge Be So Sure?

(26) Comments | Posted February 5, 2012 | 5:13 PM

One of the issues in the Northern Gateway pipeline hearing is the threat that oil tankers will pose in the dangerous channels and sensitive ocean environments near the proposed port, Kitimat. Enbridge soothingly predicts that major spills will be inconceivably rare:
"Under our proposed marine safety program, the probability...

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Wind Energy and Health: Is There a Problem?

(13) Comments | Posted July 30, 2011 | 9:37 AM

The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has finally released its long awaited decision on the wind turbine controversy that has generated so much concern in Ontario.

Last year, Suncor obtained approval from the Ministry of the Environment to build a large wind farm known as Kent Breeze Wind Farms in...

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