Tamara Farber

Associée | Toronto

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Insolvency and Environmental Law Collide: Supreme Court of Canada Rules in Favour of Alberta Energy Regulator in Redwater Decision

The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has released its decision in Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Limited (2019 SCC 5) regarding the bankruptcy of Redwater Energy Corporation, and the strategy of Redwater’s trustees in bankruptcy to try to sell...

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Tamara Farber quoted in Thomson Reuters article on obligations of bankrupt companies

Law Times, "Ruling on obligations of bankrupt companies coming"

In the spring, the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., regarding the obligations that trustees or receivers of bankrupt companies have when it comes to cleaning up contaminated sites...

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Environmental Liability of Commercial Landlords: Limited Landlord Liability for Acts/Omissions of its Tenants

A case review of Sorbam v Litwack 2017 ONSC 706 (CanLII), aff’d 2017 ONCA 850 Synopsis The case involves a somewhat typical contaminated land dispute between neighbouring commercial property owners. The plaintiff conducted investigations on its property in support of...

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Climate Change Progress in 2015, COP21 and What’s Next?

2015 was a ground-breaking year for climate change regulation in Ontario. The province made several announcements regarding plans and strategies for how to best lower greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet targets in the coming years. Recap: 1. Ontario...

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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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Environmental Issues in Property Development

Miller Thomson seminar

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Expert Testimony in Environmental Claims: Participant vs Litigation Experts

Lexology, May 2015; Ontario Bar Association Environmental Publications, April 2015

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Testimony in Environmental Claims

Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine, July/August 2015

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Expert Testimony in Environmental Claims: Participant vs Litigation Experts

The Ontario Court of Appeal has recently discussed the drafting of expert reports and the nature of expert testimony (respectively in Moore v Getahun, 2015 ONCA 55 (CanLII) and Westerhof v Gee, 2015 ONCA 206 (CanLII)).  Neither of these cases...

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Environmental Matters

Condo Business

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Addressing Environmental Issues in Negotiating Purchase and Sale Agreements

Ontario Bar Association, May 2014

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Summary Judgment in Contaminated Land Litigation

Summary Judgment – a potential tool in defending contaminated land litigation In Windsor v. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., 2014 ABCA 108 (“Windsor”), the Alberta Court of Appeal summarily dismissed certain claims in an environmental class action.  The appellant, Canadian Pacific...

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Summary Judgment – A Potential Tool in Defending Contaminated Land Litigation

In Windsor v. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., 2014 ABCA 108 (“Windsor”), the Alberta Court of Appeal summarily dismissed certain claims in an environmental class action.  The appellant, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (“CP”), operated a locomotive repair facility near Calgary. Nearly...

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Contaminated Land: Transactional Tools – the Record of Site Condition

Ontario Bar Association's Institute 2014, February 6-8

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Northstar directors and officers settlement: Does $4.75M buy certainty?

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) recently entered into a settlement agreement with the former officers and directors of Northstar Aerospace (Canada) Inc. for $4.75 million1. The payment by the directors and officers was on a no-fault basis to remediate...

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Northstar directors and officers settlement: does $4.75m buy certainty?

Lexology 2013; EnviroNotes! September 2013

Read the Full Article on Lexology.com Last week, the Ministry of Environment entered into a settlement agreement with the former officers and directors of Northstar Aerospace (Canada) Inc. for $4.75 million[1]. The payment by the directors and officers was on...

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Turtles One, Turbines Zero

The Ostrander Decision The slowest doesn’t always finish last. At least that was one lesson learned in July 2013 when the Environmental Review Tribunal (“Tribunal”) delivered an unprecedented decision in Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County v. Director, Ministry of...

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Contaminated Land: Commercial, Regulatory and Insolvency Considerations

Law Society of Upper Canada's Commercial Priorities for Real Estate and Business Lawyers 2013 program

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Rewind re Wind

The latest case to challenge wind turbines and related health effects got, and then lost, some wind in its sails in February 2012 when the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal ruled on 2 separate motions in the Zephyr Farms case.  Middlesex-Lambton...

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Environmental Due Diligence in the Acquisition and Sale of Contaminated Assets

Envirogate - Documenting and Demonstrating Environmental Due Diligence

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No Harm, No Nuisance – The Ontario Court of Appeal Lays Out What Will, and Will Not, Fly in Proving Nuisance: Smith v. Inco Limited

Introduction On October 7, 2011 the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Smith v. Inco Limited, 2011 ONCA 628.  The case was brought as a class proceeding by a number of residents of Port Colborne, Ontario who sought...

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In the World of Wind – Setback Shmetback – No Harm, No Foul

Hanna v. Ontario (Attorney General) was at the centre of some controversy amongst those in the Ontario environmental and renewable energy bar. What seemed to start out as an attempt by a local resident to potentially quell wind power development...

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Wind Turbines and Health: Court Upholds Wind Energy Developments

Canadian Consulting Engineers

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ERT Decision Paves the Way for Wind Power in Ontario…or Does It?

Environews - Environmental Law Section, Volume 21, No. 1; Lexology 2011; EnviroNotes! - Enironmental Alert August 2011

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ERT Decision Paves the Way for Wind Power in Ontario

I recently wrote an article on the Hanna v. Ontario (Attorney General) decision of the Ontario Divisional Court which appeared in the July edition of the Ontario Bar Association’s Environews1, and is re-printed below. In that case, the Divisional Court...

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In the World of Wind: Setback Shmetback – Divisional Court Says Not Their Call

Hanna v. Ontario (Attorney General)1 is at the centre of some controversy amongst those in the environmental and renewable energy bar. What seemed to start out as an attempt by a local resident to potentially quell wind power development in...

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In the World of Wind: Setback Schmetback – Divisional Court Says Not Their Call

Environews 20:4 2011; Lexology 2011; EnviroNotes! May 2011

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Can Title Insurance Protect You from Environmental Defects?

Sometimes, looking at US case law can provide a real pick me up for how well we do things in Canada. But you have to give the Americans credit for attempted ingenuity – after all, that’s what gives us such...

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Investment Properties May Come With Surprise Environmental Liabilities

It's Personal (Vol. 4, Iss. 1), 7

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The Bionic Brownfield: Regulation 153/04

Institute 2011

Amendments to record of site condition regulation: better, stronger, faster?

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Developing Brownfields – Regulation Changes in Ontario have big impact

Canadian Consulting Engineers

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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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Amendments to the Brownfields’ Regulation

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Green Roofs Coming to Toronto

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Expert Evidence in Environmental Claims – Lessons from the South

Putting the Puzzle Together: An exploration of Emerging and Critical Issue in Environmental Civil Litigation

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Cousins v. McColl-Frontenac Inc.: Update – SCC Grants Leave to Appeal but Settlement Prevails

OBA Environews, Vol. 18 (April 2009)

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Expert Evidence in Environmental Claims – Lessons from the South

OBA’s Putting the Puzzle Together: An Exploration of Emerging and Critical Issues in Environmental Civil Litigation Seminar

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The ‘Greening’ of Leases

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‘Green’ Leases: A Primer

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Two Can Play at this Game: Cross-Border Pollution Enforcement

OBA Environews, Vol. 17

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Carbon Disclosure – Do Investors Want to Know How Companies Are Addressing Climate Change Issues?

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Two Can Play at This Game: Cross Border Pollution Enforcement

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« Clean and Neat » – Environmentally Speaking?

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Waiver of Torts, a Potential Arrow in the Quiver of Climate Change Class-Action Litigants?

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Environmental Litigators Beware – What You Don’t Ask For in Discoveries Might Come Back to Bite You in the Contaminated Zone!

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Transboundary Air Pollution Issues Get A Little Murkier

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Green Commodities: The OSC and the Future of Emissions Trading

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Two-Tier Test of Impairment of Water Quality Means the City of Kingston Gets Another Chance

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Management of Biomedical Waste in Ontario

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Brownfields Bill Enacted

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