Anti-fracking and Great Lakes Bills to Committee

Anti-fracking and Great Lakes Bills to Committee

The Ontario Legislature rose for the summer on June 4, with two environmental proposed environmental laws having received second reading, but awaiting Committee review and public hearings. The third environmental law, Bill 52, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 (anti-SLAPP) has been debated but has not yet received second reading.  

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Oslo Principles on Climate Change: Governments are Breaching Legal Duties

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.  

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Public participation restrictions do not violate Charter

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. Twice now, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) has been asked to consider whether section 55.2 of the National Energy Board Act and NEB decisions restricting participation in a hearing offend the guarantee of freedom of expression in section 2(b) of the Charter. Section 55.2 states that the NEB must consider representation from parties directly affected by the project,  

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