Canadian environmental law Articles

  • Constitutional protection of the environment in a federal country: Canadian experience

    National environmental protection through law is a relatively recent initiative. The written national constitutions of federal countries, such as Canada, did not originally provide for which level of government would enjoy the primary constitutional authority to regulate for environmental protection. Today, a legal jurisdiction must be interpreted and declared from an old imperial document that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental Situation in Africa

    Abstract Africa The economic and social needs of Africa depends more on its environmental resources but these natural resources are seriously declining and that is really effecting the entire region. Sustainable development in this rapidly changing region has become an imperative, and must take place in the complex context of a diverse and changing ecosystem, political transition and evolution ...

  • Continental Environmentalism - Is it coming apart?

    Last month environment ministers of Canada, Mexico and the United States, acting as the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), issued a communiqué following its annual meeting stressing the importance of tri-lateral cooperation in pursuing market-based solutions to improve environmental performance in North America. But a number of cross-border environment-related issues ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • De Beers Victor Mine’s Failure to Report Mercury Risks Causes Serious Environmental Concerns

    Mercury contamination from the De Beers diamond mine in northern Ontario may be much higher than the company — or the provincial government — are reporting, according to a new study by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s Wildlands League. An investigation into one of world’s highest quality producing diamond mines has found failures in self-monitoring, raising ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Eco Justice

    It has been over five years since Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol, and we’re still arguing over how to fulfill our commitments. Although the federal government’s lack of action with regards to Kyoto has become more controversial since the Conservatives took office, leading to widespread criticism of Canada’s stance at the most recent Conference of the Parties in Bali, we’ve never had a ...


    By Actual Media

  • Black Liquor – Green fuel or greenwash?

    Black liquor is not the product of a pot still in rural Tennessee, but a toxic by-product of the kraft wood pulping process. On May 20, 2009 Canada, together with the European Union, Brazil and Chile, wrote to the United States Congress urging them to repeal a tax credit for the use of black liquor as a biofuel on the basis that the credit is acting as a subsidy on the production of kraft pulp ...


    By McMillan LLP

  • The New Cold War - Canada fires the first shot

    'We know from over a century of northern resource exploration that there is gas in the Beaufort, oil in the Eastern Arctic, and gold in the Yukon. There are diamonds in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and countless other precious resources buried under the ice, sea and tundra,' said Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the eve of his most recent visit to Canada’s Arctic.And in no uncertain ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • 1700 miles of the keystone Xl Pipeline: A state, federal and international regulatory concern

    Regulatory compliance at the state and federal level grows infinitely more complex when the laws and regulations of six U.S. states, U.S. federal regulations, and the Canadian regulatory regime are intertwined.  TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, currently awaiting approval from the U.S.  Department of State, is gaining as much attention for its regulatory ...

  • Barriers to GHS around the world

    As an additional section of Enhesa’s GHS tracking service, Enhesa has added information related to barriers to chemical shipments presented by countries that have not yet implemented the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Information spans the globe with data for Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Canada, India, Israel, and many more. Until now, ...

  • Director and Officer Liability in Ontario – Very Serious Business

    Last week I blogged about board responsibility and the need for management systems and tools to achieve compliance throughout the organization. This morning I had the chance to attend a conference, “ ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Overlapping Land and Natural Resource Rights Creates Conflict in Africa

    Ghana’s farming communities of Prestea, Himan, and Bondaye have been in conflict with the Plant North Pit gold mining operations of Golden Star Resources, a Canadian mining company, for more than a decade. The villagers are outraged with a foreign mining company taking large amounts of their agricultural land; the high levels of water, air, and noise pollution they now experience; and the ...

  • The Nanorelease Project

    There is an exciting and promising project underway that is being coordinated by the Research Foundation of the International Life Science Institute (ILSI-RF) called the NanoRelease Project.  The Project is described below both to share information broadly about the Project's existence and to seek additional support for this worthwhile initiative. Overview of the Project The ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Climate change & clean technology: from challenge to opportunity

    Over the past few years, climate change and sustainability have been catapulted to the forefront of headline news. As ongoing public pressure for improved environmental stewardship continues to mount, governments are actively pursuing legislation, including regulations, to accelerate positive change. We have already witnessed significant regulatory, policy and legal changes related to lower ...

  • The Waxman - Markey Bill - Will the US and Canada go head to head?

    A U.S. House of Representatives committee passed the draft American Clean Energy and Security Act on May 21st (the Waxman - Markey Bill) sparking a flood of commentary and speculation on its potential impacts at home and abroad. Of particular interest to many was the potential impact on Canada’s planned climate change legislation and on the proposed national cap and trade system to reduce ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Things are heating up in the not so frozen North

    The publication of a US Geological Survey (USGS) on potential fossil fuel resources beneath the shrinking polar ice cap has highlighted what could become the next great play in the global energy market. Circumpolar countries are already staking overlapping territorial claims to this vast territory and the prospect of a new polar sea route between Asia and Europe has reignited Canada-US tensions ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • H.B. Fuller `Counts` on ESS software for global regulatory and EH&S

    As an early adopter of standardized Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) policies and practices, H.B. Fuller Company, a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemical products, is now working to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance worldwide while operating under requirements that are often tighter than what the laws require. Fuller formed an EH&S group in 1991, to ensure that ...


    By IHS Markit

  • Mishandling of Hazardous Materials & Contaminants, Asbestos, Lead, Mould & Fungus, PCB`S

    Untitled Document Everyday in Canada and the United States Hazardous Materials are being removed improperly contaminating the buildings we occupy. The hazardous materials including ...

  • Bridge Height Limits Transport of Cl02 Storage Tanks

    Located in Northern Ontario on the Trans Canada Highway is a bridge that enables pedestrians and vehicles to cross the Spanish River. The bridge itself holds no place in the annals of Canadian history. It is in fact, quite unremarkable as a typical bridge found in the area. However, the Spanish River Bridge represented a major problem for an engineering project rquired by a local Bleach Pulp ...


    By Fabricated Plastics Limited

  • Is it time to rethink recycling?

    If our current approach to recycling isn’t the best for the economy or the environment, why do we do it? Criticize recycling and you may as well be using a fume-spewing chainsaw to chop down ancient redwoods, as far as most environmentalists are concerned. But recent research into the environmental costs and benefits and some tough-to-ignore market realities have even the most ...


    By Ensia

  • What to do about the antidepressants, antibiotics and other drugs in our water

    As pharmaceuticals taint rivers and lakes, scientists search for solutions. There’s no way around it, the headlines are disturbing. And they come, not from tabloids or click-bait blogs, but from papers published in scientific journals. They describe fish and birds responding with altered behavior and reproductive systems to antidepressants, diabetes medication, and other ...


    By Ensia

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