Climate Change

View from the Prairies: Saskatchewan’s Top Court Upholds Federal Carbon Price & Carbon Policy Update from Alberta

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. As the political rhetoric on carbon pricing [rages on], the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently delivered a much-anticipated decision in response to the reference question posed by the Saskatchewan government pursuant to The Constitutional Questions Act, 2012 (SS 2012, c. C-29.01). In particular, the province asked the Court for… [Read More…] about View from the Prairies: Saskatchewan’s Top Court Upholds Federal Carbon Price & Carbon Policy Update from Alberta

2018 Top Ten: Regulatory Decisions of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. At the beginning of 2018, our review of the 2017 Canadian regulatory events described them as dramatic, but the 2018 saga turned out to be nothing short of a blockbuster. Pressure built up to a bubble point at the federal and provincial levels of governments, and at the National… [Read More…] about 2018 Top Ten: Regulatory Decisions of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry

Climate Change Litigation Arrives in Canada

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. In this Update Two recent developments demonstrate that climate change litigation has arrived in Canada: the ENVironnement JEUnesse lawsuit in Québec and the City of Victoria’s endorsement of a class action lawsuit against oil and gas producers for climate-related harms. Oil and gas producers may soon be faced… [Read More…] about Climate Change Litigation Arrives in Canada

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

2018 Top Ten: Legislative and Policy Changes in the Canadian Energy Industry

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. 2018 saw continuing shifts and uncertainty in legislative and policy developments for the oil and gas industry.  On last year’s Top 10 list, found here, we identified several proposed changes to energy regulation across Canada.  2018 further provided us with numerous policy changes, with implications uncertain and… [Read More…] about 2018 Top Ten: Legislative and Policy Changes in the Canadian Energy Industry

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

First of Its Kind – Ontario NDP Tables Civil Liability for Climate Change Bill

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On March 26, 2018, Ontario NDP MPP Peter Tabuns introduced Bill 21: “an Act respecting civil liability for climate-related harms,” which seeks to:  (i) impose civil liability on companies engaged in fossil fuel production; and (ii) “enhance legal tools” to ensure that such companies “contribute their fair share… [Read More…] about First of Its Kind – Ontario NDP Tables Civil Liability for Climate Change Bill

BC Government Sets the Stage for “Revitalizing” the Provincial Environmental Assessment Process

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. Changes are on the horizon for the BC Environmental Assessment (EA) process. On March 7, 2018, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman announced that the provincial government will “revitalize” the provincial EA process with a view to enhancing public confidence, advancing reconciliation with First Nations, and… [Read More…] about BC Government Sets the Stage for “Revitalizing” the Provincial Environmental Assessment Process

Federal Government Announces Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Legislative and Regulatory Proposals

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. On January 15, 2018, the federal government released legislative and regulatory proposals for the proposed federal carbon pricing system, which will be implemented under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (the “Proposals”). The Proposals and explanatory notes are available on the Department of Finance website in English and in French.… [Read More…] about Federal Government Announces Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Legislative and Regulatory Proposals