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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 [...]

Public participation restrictions do not violate Charter

Can the federal government successfully muzzle (non-aboriginal) opponents to major energy and resource projects? So far, yes.

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 [...]

Follow Up on Seller’s Environmental Assessment Reports

Last month we blogged about a case out of Newfoundland in which a buyer's negligence lawsuit against a seller's environmental consultant was tossed out because the buyer had no right to rely on the environmental assessment report issued by the consultant for the seller.  That article, "Buyer Can't Rely on Seller's Environmental Reports," was picked up [...]

More on Giant Mine remediation environmental assessment

Giant Mine remediation illustrates one of many ways that current environmental assessment processes for major projects raise public expectations that they cannot meet.

Contaminated sites change in Provincial Policy Statement

The Ontario Provincial Policy Statement (PPS)has recently changed how it refers to contaminated sites. The PPS is the official expression of the provincial government’s policies on land use planning. It applies province-wide and "provides clear policy direction on land use planning to promote strong communities, a strong economy, and a clean and healthy environment."  What effect will the [...]