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Burgess v Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Geographic relevance: Canada

Language: Inglés

Data type: Legal citations

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A group of property owners around the Muskoka Lakes in Canada brought a claim against the government ministry that was responsible for managing the water levels of the lakes.

Since 2010, due to climate change, the property owners’ lands began to be severely affected by flooding of the lakes. They argued that the Ministry had a duty to prevent foreseeable flooding, the Ministry knew that the lakes had reached dangerously high levels, yet negligently allowed the lakes to flood, which in turn damaged their lands.

The claim was discontinued in 2018.

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