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Ontario Needs Input on Climate Change Policy

Recently the Ontario government released it’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015. The report unveils the province’s current thinking on policy options to address climate change, and asks the public to weigh in on such controversial options as a carbon tax versus other possibilities like a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions. If ever there was a time [...]

One step closer to climate warning labels on gasoline

The West Vancouver Council recently voted unanimously to support warnings on gas pumps to warn motorists about the impact driving has on the environment. This is a first in Canada, and follows the example of several cities in California. Our congratulations to Our Horizon - the organization behind the idea in Canada, who worked with District [...]

Province and Feds Sign Great Lakes Act again

The Ontario and federal governments have signed the latest (8th) version of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health (2014 COA). The purpose of this agreement is to implement Canada’s commitments to protect the Great Lakes made in partnership with the United States under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality [...]

Divisional Court rejects anti-wind constitutional claim

Special Environmental Protection Act rules for approval of renewable energy projects, including wind farms, do not contravene the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Proposed changes to GHG emission reporting regulations

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O.Reg. 452/09) and Guideline, including: Changes to the Global Warming Potential (GWP) values to adopt internationally-accepted values Clarification on verification statements Clarification on temporary and partial closures Changes to the guideline to remain consistent [...]

New regulations to reduce coal?

Getting rid of coal in electricity generation made Ontario Canada’s leader in reducing GHG emissions. Now that we have a remarkably climate-friendly electrical system, what about other uses of coal in Ontario? The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) says it will get out of the way of coal reductions by heavy industries such as concrete, [...]