Bryan J. Buttigieg

Associé | Vaughan

905.532.6637

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SCC upholds validity of federal government’s carbon pricing system

On March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released its decision in the Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, upholding the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (“GGPPA”). In a 6-3 split decision, the majority...

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Episode 6: The Role of an Environmental Expert in Legal Matters

Listen to Ep. 6 of Morning Commute with Miller Thomson. In this episode, we discuss the use of experts in an environmental law practice.

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Episode 3: Mediating in the Times of COVID-19 and Beyond – Perspectives of the Miller Thomson Environmental Law Group

Listen to Episode 3 of Morning Commute with Miller Thomson. In this episode, we share tips and insights on how to be an effective advocate in online mediation.

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COVID-19 – Impact on environmental compliance and due diligence

As these strange times continue to evolve, it is important to ensure that all companies whose operations raise environmental compliance issues try to think through and plan for what might happen in the coming weeks and perhaps months. In particular,...

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Environmental Law and Construction Projects: Why Should You Care?

The scope of environmental regulation is broad and ever growing. One Ontario Court of Appeal judge famously asked in the midst of a case whether “MOE” stood for “Ministry of Everything?” It should not be surprising, therefore, that environmental law...

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The Expert Witness and Environmental Law Practical and Ethical Considerations

Unearthing Complexities in the Subsurface: Soil and Groundwater Essentials for Lawyers

The complex nature of environmental issues that come across a lawyer’s desk often require highly technical expertise from any (or all) of a number of highly specialized disciplines. Expertise could be needed from fields that include geology; hydrology; hydrogeology, engineering,...

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Limitation Periods in Contaminated Land Cases: Ontario Court of Appeal provides some answers but leaves more questions for environmental lawyers and their clients

On January 11, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal issued its decision in Crombie v. McColl-Frontenac Inc. We had previously commented on the decision of the motions court that granted summary judgment in the matter. The OCA reversed the motions...

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Workplace Violence – Are you doing enough to protect your employees from workplace violence?

Two decisions of Ontario Provincial Courts this summer, highlight the increasing importance that the Courts, the Ministry of Labour, employers and employees are placing on the need to protect workers from incidents of workplace violence. On July 15, 2016, after...

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Proposed New Environmental Protection Act Exemption for School Ventilation Systems

On November 22, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) placed a regulatory proposal on the Environmental Registry (EBR) to make amendments to O. Reg 524/98 (Exemptions from compliance approvals related to point source air emissions) related to,...

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Ontario Announces Risk Assessment Changes: Will the promise of quicker, cheaper brownfield risk assessments finally be realised?

On November 1, 2016, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change posted on the Environmental Registry its long awaited decision notice to bring into effect updates to the model used by property owners in submissions of Modified Generic Risk...

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Are you doing enough to protect your employees from workplace violence?

Two recent Ontario Provincial Court decisions highlight the increasing importance that the Courts, the Ministry of Labour, employers and employees are placing on the need to protect workers from incidents of workplace violence. On July 15, 2016, after an extensive...

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Workplace Violence – Part 1: Are you doing enough to protect your employees from workplace violence?

Two decisions of Ontario Provincial Courts this summer, highlight the increasing importance that the Courts, the Ministry of Labour, employers and employees are placing on the need to protect workers from incidents of workplace violence. On July 15, 2016, after...

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The Latest on Damages for Continuing Nuisance (Case Update: Crombie v. McColl-Frontenac – Limitations and Continuing Nuisance)

Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer, The Law Society of Upper Canada, October 2016

One of the enduring questions facing neighbours in a dispute over contamination that has crossed a property boundary, is the extent to which any tort or nuisance committed is ‘continuing’ and the impact that may have on the applicable limitation...

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Resolving Litigation over Contaminated Land

Contaminated land disputes pose a number of complex and often multidisciplinary problems to a litigator.

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Does Ontario Court of Appeal Midwest Decision Signal Big Changes to Environmental Civil Litigation in Ontario?

A potentially very significant decision was released by the Ontario Court of Appeal on Friday November 27, 2015 in Midwest Properties Ltd. v. Thordarson, 2015 ONCA 819. The Midwest decision is a complete reversal of every aspect of the 2013...

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Liability and Green Buildings

Canadian Consulting Engineer, May 2014

Engineers who design buildings to be sustainable or “LEED-certified” have to be vigilant about the language in their contracts with owners.

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New Measures for Neonicotinoid Treated Corn and Soybean Seed for 2014

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has published a notice of its intention to impose further controls on the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seeds for the 2014 planting season. Neonicotinoids are a widely used class of insecticide...

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Consulting Engineers Help Develop New Ontario Soil Background Data for Use in Brownfield Site Remediations

Canadian Consulting Engineer, December 2010

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Ontario’s Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act

On May 18, 2010 the Ontario government introduced Bill 72, Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act. The Bill aims to encourage water conservation, strengthen sustainable municipal water planning and make Ontario a leader in developing and selling water technologies and...

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Environmental Approvals Reform in Ontario

In the April 2010 issue of EnviroNotes we reported on a proposal by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to fundamentally reform the environmental approvals process in Ontario.  The reforms were included in Bill 68, the Open for Business Act,...

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The Crown Duty to Disclose in Criminal Proceedings: R v McNeill

In the year that has passed since the Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Neill, the extent of the impact of decision on the Crown obligation to disclose has become clearer. Crowns, defence lawyers, witnesses and accused have...

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Ministry of the Environment Announces Framework for Major Overhaul of Ontario’s Environmental Approvals

Enviromation, CCH Canadian Limited

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Ministry of the Environment Announces Framework for Major Overhaul of Ontario’s Environmental Approvals

In March of 2010 Ontario’s Ministry of Environment issued a document titled “Modernization of Approvals – Proposed Legislative Framework for Modernizing Environmental Approvals”. Posted on the environmental registry, the document outlines a proposal for a major overhaul of Ontario’s environmental...

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GLOBE 2010: A Recap of Sessions

The GLOBE Foundation is a Vancouver-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding practical business-oriented solutions to environmental problems.  GLOBE 2010 brought about 10,000 people to post-Olympic Vancouver to talk about the business of the environment. A number of Miller Thomson’s environmental...

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After the Spill: Issues to Consider in Dealing with the Long Term Implications and Liabilities of a Spill

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Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 to Come into Force

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The obligation to provide personal protective equipment – What if no ‘Appropriate PPE » exists?

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The New Apology Acts – Caution Still Applies When Saying You are Sorry

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Ontario Court Limits Interrogation Powers

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Tough on Noise

REM Magazine, Winter 2009

This article was published in REM (Resource Engineering and Maintenance) magazine. CLB Media Inc. retains article copyright and has granted permission for posting on this website.

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Dead Cows (and other environmental claims)

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Ontario MOE Announces New Brownfields Standards

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Not Knowing Penalties Could Get Executives in Serious Trouble

Canadian FundRaiser eNews, March 2008

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Statutory Obligations, Provincial Offences and Due Diligence – How to be Prepared

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Polluter Pays: Read On!

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Brownfields Changes Proposed in Ontario: Horizontal Severances (« Pie Crusts ») to be Prohibited?

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PCB Use and Storage to be Eliminated Across Canada Under Proposed Federal Regulations

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Charities as Developers of Contaminated Lands: What you need to know

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New Environmental Review Tribunal Rules Allow Costs Awards Against Parties

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Brownfields Update – Mandatory RSC Filing Will Become Law On October 1, 2005

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Ontario’s Brownfield Amendments Take Effect

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The Supreme Court of Canada Endorses the Concept of « Polluter Pays » – But What Does it Mean?

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Ontario Court of Appeal Clarifies Law of Due Diligence

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Accepting Gifts of Potentially Contaminated Lands

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Court of Appeal Releases Decision in Tridan v. Shell

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What Can You Pour Down the Drain?

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