Environmental Law

Why Gord Downie Is Worried About Oshawa

Krystyn Tully | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada
Krystyn Tully

There's a shadow over the Oshawa Harbour as well, a darkness and a rot. Oshawa is the only city on the Great Lakes with no boat access to the water. Think about that: 150,000 people living within spitting distance of one of the largest lakes on the planet, and they have to get in their cars and drive somewhere else if they want to fish, sail, or paddle.

Anti-Wind Appeal Ends With a Whimper

Dianne Saxe | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Dianne Saxe

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 have argued that approval of the wind farm will cause serious harm to human health. In each case, the Tribunal has found that this allegation has not been proven.

The Government Thinks that Environmental Assessment Takes Way Too Long

Dianne Saxe | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Politics
Dianne Saxe

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. Last Friday the CEAA announced timelines for nine projects under review, giving us our first look at how much time the government will allow for federal environmental assessments. It doesn't look very good.

Salmon Says: Harper the Environmental Bush-Whacker

Harriet Sugar-Miller | Posted 08.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Harriet Sugar-Miller

Bush-whacking the environment. That's the best way to describe Stephen Harper's George W. Bush-esque approach: When you can't change the laws with public approval, just go ahead and do it any way you can. Unlike Bush, however, much of what Harper is doing is perfectly legit.

Wind Energy and Health: Is There a Problem?

Dianne Saxe | Posted 09.29.2011 | Canada
Dianne Saxe

I find it odd that we focus so much public buzz on fear of wind turbines. Most of our energy sources are far more dangerous to human health and the environment.