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Gord Miller finishing term as Environmental Commissioner

After 15 productive years, Gord Miller is winding down his term as Ontario's Environmental Commissioner. The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario is the province's independent environmental watchdog. Appointed by all parties in the Legislative Assembly, the ECO is tasked with monitoring and reporting on compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights, and the government's progress in reducing greenhouse [...]

Four Big Ideas on Climate Change

The UN climate convention conference that just wrapped up in Lima was meant to deliver a draft for a new universal climate agreement to be inked in Paris, France next year and to come into effect in 2020. Before the meeting, hopes were officially high: All eyes will now be on Lima where the key litmus [...]

Class Action for Harming Bees with Neonicotinoids

This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm caused by Neonicotinoid pesticides, potentially responsible for the worldwide collapse of bee and other pollinator populations.

Canada lags US in protecting endangered Sage-Grouse

In July, the US Fish and Wildlife Service launched a website to “communicate the breadth of the ongoing conservation actions underway to support Greater Sage-Grouse and the sage brush habitat the bird and 350 other species need.” The Greater Sage-Grouse website highlights work being done at the federal, state, NGO and individual level. Public affairs [...]

Minister receptive to Commissioner’s climate report

Ontario's Environmental Commissioner issued his annual Climate Change report last month, as usual scolding the provincial government for its inaction on both mitigation and adaptation. But this year, the report got an unusual reception: the new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, attended the announcement, and seems to be receptive to its message. [...]

Court of Appeal stays Ostrander wind approval pending appeal to protect turtles

The Ontario Court of Appeal has stayed the Ostrander Point wind approval pending an appeal by the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists. The Ostrander Point wind farm is the only one in Ontario whose Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been overturned by the Environmental Review Tribunal. As for all other Ontario wind farms, the ERT rejected claims [...]