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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

First Solar-Specific Power Procurement Announced in Alberta

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On October 2, 2018, the Alberta government, through the Minister of Infrastructure (Alberta Infrastructure) released a request for proposals for the first solar-specific renewable power procurement in Alberta (the Solar RFP). Solar RFP procurement process in comparison to the REP Processes Unlike the procurements by the Alberta Electric… [Read More…] about First Solar-Specific Power Procurement Announced in Alberta

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

Supreme Court Creates Uncertainty in Finding No Duty to Consult During the Law-Making Process

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. The Supreme Court of Canada in Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Governor General in Council) definitively answered, by a 7-2 majority, that the duty to consult does not apply to the development, passage and enactment of legislation — an issue previously left open by the Supreme Court. However, by… [Read More…] about Supreme Court Creates Uncertainty in Finding No Duty to Consult During the Law-Making Process

Mining Industry Trends: Strategic Investment Transactions

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. The combination of macroeconomic uncertainty and speculation over trade wars has not been kind to commodity prices or the mining industry lately.  The impact has been especially felt among junior companies without producing assets, as financiers and the public capital markets are reluctant to take on exploration… [Read More…] about Mining Industry Trends: Strategic Investment Transactions

A Steady Judicial Tune Resonates Uncertainty: Federal Court of Appeal Orders Canada to Re-Consult on Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Approvals

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. Canada once again faces uncertainty in relation to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX), which itself is a harbinger of the continued unpredictability surrounding the state of Canada’s regulatory landscape for major energy infrastructure projects as a whole. This latest installment in uncertainty arises due to the recent… [Read More…] about A Steady Judicial Tune Resonates Uncertainty: Federal Court of Appeal Orders Canada to Re-Consult on Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Approvals

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

Federal Energy Project Reviews: Timelines in Practice

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here In recent years the timelines to complete Canadian regulatory reviews of proposed major projects – and particularly environmental assessments which are the key part of the project review process – have become a major political issue. Over the last decade or so, project proponents have consistently raised… [Read More…] about Federal Energy Project Reviews: Timelines in Practice