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June 18, 2021
Environmental lawyer

Full producer responsibility: Ontario releases final Blue Box regulation

On June 3, 2021, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released the finalized Blue Box regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (the RRCEA). […]
June 1, 2021
Competition

The Role of Competition Law in a Circular Economy

Provinces across Canada have introduced reforms to their product stewardship policies to address the inefficiencies of government-run recycling programs. To incentivize innovation and the re-use of […]
April 16, 2021

Twenty-First Century Environmental Law: Modernizing the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

On April 13, 2021, the Government of Canada introduced before Parliament Bill C-28. This Bill seeks to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 [1] (“CEPA” […]
March 3, 2021
environmental claims

Environmental Claims in Labels: What You Need to Know to Avoid a Lawsuit

With increasing consumer interest in purchasing “environmentally-friendly” products, the risk of liability for companies making false or misleading environmental claims on packaging also increases. Companies looking […]
November 6, 2020

Ontario’s blue box transition: Bringing individual producer responsibility to packaging

On October 19, 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released a proposed regulation to govern the Ontario blue box program under the Resource […]
November 6, 2020

When Theory Meets Practice: Lessons from Decades of Packaging EPR Experiences in Europe

Ontario is undertaking a transition to full extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper products under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (the “RRCEA”). […]
November 6, 2020
toxic plastic CEPA

Commentary: Listing Plastics as Toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

On October 7, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced a preliminary list of single-use plastic items the federal government seeks to ban by next year. […]
September 18, 2020

Old Challenges, New Arguments: Lessons from the Industry Lawsuit Against New York State’s Plastic Bag Ban

New York State’s single-use plastic bag ban implemented pursuant to the Bag Reduction Act (the “BRA” or the “Act”), took effect on March 1st of this […]
July 15, 2020
recycling

The Pitfalls of Shared Responsibility: Lessons in Recycling from the Ontario Blue Box Funding Arbitration

The Blue Box funding arbitration in Ontario brings into focus some of the challenges of allocating responsibility among various actors in a recycling system. It provides […]
June 29, 2020

Canada’s Position on Packaging: The Upcoming Requirements for Federal Procurement

by JONATHAN D. COCKER AND DENISA MERTIRI  Governments across the globe are grappling with the , which threatens wildlife, marine ecosystems and may negatively impact human health. To deal with […]
June 17, 2020

Local Loops: Bringing the Circular Economy to Canadian Cities

In March 2020, the EU released its new Circular Economy Action Plan to accelerate the transformational change required by the European Green Deal. The plan aims […]
May 26, 2020
smart city planning

There’s Always Next Time: Smart City Planning After Sidewalk Labs

Earlier this month, Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent Alphabet, announced that it would no longer be transfoming Toronto’s waterfront into a futuristic neighbourhood. In […]

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