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Ontario Introduces Sweeping Changes to Environmental Legislation

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On July 21, 2020, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 (Bill 197) received Royal Assent. Bill 197 amends multiple statutes as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to stimulate the economy by simplifying regulatory processes across various industries. Bill 197 amends 20 statutes, including significant amendments to key environmental legislation… [Read More…] about Ontario Introduces Sweeping Changes to Environmental Legislation

Aiming for Maximum (GHG) Impacts

Courtsey of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On July 17, 2020, the Government of Canada published its Strategic Assessment of Climate Change (SACC), which will be used to assess the impacts of climate change in federal impact assessments conducted under the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA). The SACC is deemed a strategic assessment under section 95 of the… [Read More…] about Aiming for Maximum (GHG) Impacts

Meeting the Minimum (National) Standards: Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. Meeting the Minimum (National) Standards: Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop The majority of the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled on June 28, 2019 that the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (the Act or GGPPA) is constitutional. In particular, the Court of Appeal… [Read More…] about Meeting the Minimum (National) Standards: Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop

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

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Federal Carbon Pricing Regime

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. Introduction Even prior to its enactment, the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (the GGPPA) – colloquially known as the federal carbon tax – has garnered considerable attention across Canada’s political and legal landscape. It has inspired a range of responses across the country, prompting provincial references and becoming an election issue in multiple… [Read More…] about Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Federal Carbon Pricing Regime

Federal Government Proposes Refinements to its Carbon Pricing Backstop System

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. In October 2018, the federal government announced certain details on the scope and application of its carbon pricing backstop system. Under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), the federal carbon pricing backstop system consists of two components: a charge on 21 types of fuel and combustible waste that… [Read More…] about Federal Government Proposes Refinements to its Carbon Pricing Backstop System

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

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

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

Taking a Closer Look at the Implications of Ontario’s Announcement to Cancel its Cap-and-Trade Program

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. As promised during the election campaign, Ontario Premier-Designate Doug Ford announced that Ontario’s incoming government would dismantle the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission trading system, which has been in force in Ontario since January 1, 2017. In a press release issued on June 15, 2018, Mr. Ford indicated that his… [Read More…] about Taking a Closer Look at the Implications of Ontario’s Announcement to Cancel its Cap-and-Trade Program