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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ontario’s Halting Progress on Energy Conservation

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Gord Miller, released his 2014 Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report to the Legislature on January 13, 2015. Conclusion: we're making progress on energy conservation, but there is so much more that could and should be done. Energy conservation is a critical step towards a less fossil-fuel reliant future, not to [...]

More on the anti-wind constitutional question

Court confirms the constitutional validity of the Ontario system for approving and regulating wind turbines, Green Energy Act, Environmental Protection

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, [...]