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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is again at the forefront on waterborne pollutants.   After their recent success in both the United States and Canada to obtain measures that will stem the flow of microbeads into North American waters, the IJC has begun a lobbying effort of the two national governments to expand their regulatory efforts to restrict the dissemination of microplastics more generally. Microplastics range in size between 0.333 mm and 5 mm in size…

For companies struggling with Canadian environmental compliance such as the: myriad reporting and permitting duties under Canada’s Chemical Management Plan, expanding scope of the NPRI and its uncertain interaction with provincial emissions registries; vagaries over the overlapping jurisdictions of Environment Canada and Health Canada or the Pest Management Regulatory Agency; or increased biotechnology regulation; stakeholder input is currently being sought regarding CEPA by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.  In…

We are pleased to announce that Who’s Who Legal has recognized our Global Environmental Practice Group in its 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Environment. The publication is an international guide sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law and published by Law Business Research on the environmental legal market. The notable achievements of David Hackett, John Watson, Richard Saines, Chicago; Martijn Wilder, Paul Curnow, Sydney; Arnaud Cabanes and Marie-Laetitia De La Ville-Baugé, Paris; were highlighted.…

The scene was almost reminiscent of the bad old days of Trudeau I and the National Energy Program. The federal government announces a minimum carbon price in the House of Commons while the provincial premiers are meeting elsewhere, prompting a very public walk-out by a dissident group, none of whose provinces have carbon reduction programs in place. In the resulting media scrum, threats of constitutional challenges to the federal climate change strategy ring out. Feds Reclaim…

In reading the recent news reports on the September 27th, 2016 approval by the federal government of the Pacific Northwest Liquid Natural Gas plant and terminal near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, it would appear that no stakeholders were happy with the decision.  In fact, many claim surprise if not outright shock over the terms set under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act Permit and much mention is made of the “190 conditions”. But a careful review…