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Ostrander Point wind project goes back to Tribunal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has reinstated the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal on the Ostrander Point wind farm: The Renewable Energy Approval as issued by the Director (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change) should not be upheld as issued, because of the harm that the project's roads would do to the endangered Blanding's [...]

Oslo Principles on Climate Change: Governments are Breaching Legal Duties

A group of preeminent international jurists  have put together a series of legal principles, called the Oslo Principles on Global Obligations to Reduce Climate Change. These principles demonstrate that the governments of the world are breaching their legal duties to their citizens, by doing so little about climate change. The purpose in drafting the Principles was [...]

Ontario finally adopting carbon cap and trade

Today, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario is finally going ahead to implement a cap and trade system for carbon emissions, in cooperation with Quebec and perhaps California. Ontario originally promised to join Quebec, California and others in the Western Climate Initiative in 2008, but has since fallen behind. Since December, the WCI has conducted two auctions of [...]

Wind appeals starting to settle?

Now that the Divisional Court has upheld Ontario's renewable energy approval process, and the decisions of the Environmental Review Tribunal on concerns about adverse health effects, wind appeals are starting to settle. The Tribunal has heard appeal after appeal against renewable energy approvals (REAs) for wind farms, many raising substantially the same health concerns (commonly concerns [...]

Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeals

The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has rejected two more anti-wind appeals, Cham Shan Temple v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (13-140) and County of Lambton v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (14-065). Citing the Divisional Court decisions in Dixon v Director, the Tribunal upheld the renewable energy approvals granted by the Ministry of the Environment to the 10 MW wpd Sumac Ridge [...]

Ontario’s Climate Change Consultations

We recently blogged about Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015. The paper reveals the province’s current thinking on climate change policy options and seeks public input on the following specific questions: 1. How can Ontario better support scientific research to advance future technologies that can help fight climate change? 2. In what ways could sectors [...]