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

Ontario Cap-and-Trade Update: Auction, Decision and Proposal

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. Quarterly Auction Kick-Off On March 22nd, 2017, the Ontario Government held the first quarterly auction for emission allowances under the Cap-and-Trade Program. As we previously reported, the Ontario Government indicated that it expects to raise $1.9B yearly from the sale of emission allowances. The first auction generated $472,031,155 in proceeds… [Read More…] about Ontario Cap-and-Trade Update: Auction, Decision and Proposal

The Relevance (and Likelihood) of Action on Carbon in a Post-Trump World

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. The election of Donald Trump and his recent cabinet nominations of individuals who have been described in the mainstream U.S media climate skeptics, including Scott Pruitt (Environmental Protection Agency), Rick Perry (Department of Energy) and Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil (Department of State), has many… [Read More…] about The Relevance (and Likelihood) of Action on Carbon in a Post-Trump World

Federal Government Announces Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

Courtesy of Bennett Jones. View original article here. The federal government, along with most of the premiers, signed a new pan-Canadian framework (the “Federal GHG Framework”) on Friday, December 9, 2016.  The Federal GHG Framework is intended to address climate change on a national platform.  The federal government’s approach to meeting its 2030 target of… [Read More…] about Federal Government Announces Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

Ontario Announces Proposal for Cap-and-Trade Offset Credits Protocols

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On November 15, 2016, Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) posted its Offset Credit Regulatory Proposal on the Environmental Registry, where it will be available for comment until December 30, 2016. Offset Credits will increase the compliance options for facilities covered by the cap-and-trade program and they will… [Read More…] about Ontario Announces Proposal for Cap-and-Trade Offset Credits Protocols

Pan-Canadian Carbon Plan

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. What does it mean for you  As of January 2018, all Canadians will be paying a price for carbon. The Announcement After much anticipation, Justin Trudeau recently announced that Canada would implement a national price on carbon by 2018. The announcement was met with significant media fanfare… [Read More…] about Pan-Canadian Carbon Plan

Ontario’s Long Awaited Cap-and-Trade Plan

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. Yesterday, the provincial government released its 2016 Ontario Budget and with it came the details of their much anticipated cap-and-trade plan. The plan, which will be governed by the Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act, will be linked to existing cap-and-trade systems in Quebec and California… [Read More…] about Ontario’s Long Awaited Cap-and-Trade Plan