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Dianne Saxe

Environmental lawyer

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

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

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 will it mostly be used for resource extraction, as the Yukon government wants? So soon after the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will First Nations interests again be sacrificed for the economic gain of others?
08/25/2015 08:09 EDT
Ontario Is Overpenalizing Owners of Contaminated

Ontario Is Overpenalizing Owners of Contaminated Sites

The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is throwing the net wider and wider in its ever-growing attempts to assure that someone pays for contaminated sites, whether innocent or not. And it is having considerable success.
04/14/2015 01:08 EDT
Are We Repeating Old Mistakes With the Oil

Are We Repeating Old Mistakes With the Oil Sands?

The approved EA measures are very complex, and will include freezing in place the huge underground dumps of arsenic trioxide which pose the greatest health risk. It is likely to take 25 years to freeze it all. The freezing system will have to be actively operated, forever. The arsenic will stay poisonous -- it does not improve with time.
11/14/2014 08:58 EST
Why These Beekeepers Filed a Class-Action

Why These Beekeepers Filed a Class-Action Lawsuit

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 bees caused by these widely used pesticides.
09/17/2014 08:02 EDT
Anti-Wind Appeal Ends With a

Anti-Wind Appeal Ends With a Whimper

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.
12/18/2012 05:48 EST

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

Officially, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) has abolished most federal environmental assessment screenings, but the practical effect is less than it appears. The new process looks a lot like the old screening EA, but with less clear rules about procedure, content, timing, public consultation and opportunities for appeal.
08/27/2012 05:20 EDT
The Government Thinks that Environmental Assessment Takes Way Too

The Government Thinks that Environmental Assessment Takes Way Too Long

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.
08/10/2012 05:30 EDT
This Budget Could Use Some

This Budget Could Use Some Green

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. If the CBC is muzzled by budget cuts, and charities are muzzled or frightened into silence, who will speak up for the environment?
04/02/2012 02:46 EDT
No Spills? How Can Enbridge Be So

No Spills? How Can Enbridge Be So Sure?

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. I remain a sceptic.
02/06/2012 03:23 EST