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Moving Along: Updates to Ontario’s Environment Plan

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. As reported in a previous blog post, in late 2018 the Ontario government released the Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations. This Plan outlined the government’s intended actions and policies for addressing many environment-related issues in Ontario, including the pollution of air, land, and water, the… [Read More…] about Moving Along: Updates to Ontario’s Environment Plan

In the Crosshairs: Federal Government Finds Itself at the Centre of Rights-based Climate Litigation

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. In 2015, the case of Urgenda Foundation v. The State of the Netherlands(Urgenda) broke new ground as the first successful climate change action founded in tort law and the first time a court has determined the absolute minimum emissions reduction target for a developed state. Following the Urgenda decision, a… [Read More…] about In the Crosshairs: Federal Government Finds Itself at the Centre of Rights-based Climate Litigation

The (Carbon) Price is Right

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. As the rhetoric on carbon pricing between the federal government and certain provinces ramps up, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) released a report in December 2018 underscoring the importance of meaningful climate change action guided by public policy committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions… [Read More…] about The (Carbon) Price is Right

A Closer Look: BC Government Releases Draft Legislation for Revitalized Provincial Environmental Assessment Process

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. In March 2018, the BC government launched the process for revitalizing the province’s environmental assessment (EA) process. More background information is available in our earlier blog. Following the release of the Discussion Paper in June 2018 and public consultations over the summer, the BC government introduced Bill 51 – 2018 Environmental Assessment… [Read More…] about A Closer Look: BC Government Releases Draft Legislation for Revitalized Provincial Environmental Assessment Process

Ontario’s Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On November 29, 2018, the Ontario government released its Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations. This Plan outlines, in broad strokes, the government’s intended actions and policies for addressing many environment-related issues in Ontario, including the pollution of air, land, and water, the reduction of… [Read More…] about Ontario’s Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

Moving Forward: Carbon Taxes and Rebates

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On October 24, 2018, the federal government announced its intention to move forward with a federal carbon pricing system beginning in 2019. As reported in previous blog posts, the federal government has been working on implementing a federal “price on pollution” since 2016, when it announced its Pan-Canadian Framework on… [Read More…] about Moving Forward: Carbon Taxes and Rebates

No Duty to Consult Indigenous Groups on Legislation – Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC, or the Court) has ruled that there is no duty to consult Indigenous groups at any stage of the law-making process.[i]  This is an important ruling as the recognition of a justiciable duty to consult in the legislative process would have… [Read More…] about No Duty to Consult Indigenous Groups on Legislation – Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada

Rounding Out the Climate Plan: Manitoba Supplements Carbon Levy with Proposed Output-based Carbon Pricing System for Large Emitters

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. Manitoba recently released its Draft Regulatory Framework for a Made-in-Manitoba Output-based Pricing System (the Draft OBPS Framework), which meets the commitment made by the Manitoba government in its 2017 Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan to develop an output-based pricing system (OBPS) for large industrial emitters. The Draft OBPS Framework follows the… [Read More…] about Rounding Out the Climate Plan: Manitoba Supplements Carbon Levy with Proposed Output-based Carbon Pricing System for Large Emitters

Ontario Government Winds Down Cap & Trade Program and Overhauls Approach to Climate Change

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On July 25, 2018, the newly formed Ontario Government introduced Bill 4, the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018 (the “new Act”), which repeals the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (the “old Act”) and provides for the wind-down of the province’s cap and trade program[1]. The new Act also… [Read More…] about Ontario Government Winds Down Cap & Trade Program and Overhauls Approach to Climate Change

To Remediate or Not to Remediate: Alberta Introduces Amendments to Provincial Remediation Certificate Program

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. Following stakeholder review and consultation, the Government of Alberta passed the Remediation Certificate Amendment Regulation by Order in Council on June 1, 2018. The Regulation, which will come into force on January 1, 2019, updates the current Remediation Certificate Regulation and re-names it the Remediation Regulation (the Regulation). Section 117 of the Environmental Protection… [Read More…] about To Remediate or Not to Remediate: Alberta Introduces Amendments to Provincial Remediation Certificate Program