Ontario industries can finally burn waste not coal
Ontario’s energy intensive industries have finally been permitted to burn many kinds of waste, in place of coal. Cement companies, among others, are now looking for sufficient quantities of eligible biomass they can dry and burn to fuel their kilns. With cap and trade on the way, this …Continue reading the post titled Ontario industries can finally burn waste not coal
Better comments on permit-by-rule for water taking
Will Ontario’s proposed rules for “permit-by-rule” water takings work? Stephen English of the Region of Halton has graciously allowed me to post some of his helpful comments on the details of Ontario’s proposal to replace some Permits to Take Water, especially for con…Continue reading the post titled Better comments on permit-by-rule for water taking
Fisheries Act private prosecution goes ahead
As we wrote earlier, in December 2014 Marilyn Burgoon received approval to bring a private prosecution against Executive Flight Centre Fuel Services and the Province of British Columbia for violations of the Fisheries Act related to a large fuel spill into a sensitive creek. The province too…Continue reading the post titled Fisheries Act private prosecution goes ahead
Ministry of Environment District Office Map
One useful piece of information that is oddly difficult to find on the government website is the boundaries of the various Regions and District Offices of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. Here, for those who may find it helpful, is the official map:Continue reading the post titled Ministry of Environment District Office Map
Comings and goings
Spring is always a good time for new beginnings. Please extend an enthusiastic welcome back to Paula Boutis, returning from maternity leave with her trademark zest, skill, and broad experience. Bon voyage and best wishes to Jennifer Kalnins Temple, who will be moving next month to Los Angele…Continue reading the post titled Comings and goings
Approvals reform (EASR) for permits to take water
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is now considering public comments on its latest approvals reform proposal: moving many permits to take water to the “permit by rule” approach of the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). The next EASR propos…Continue reading the post titled Approvals reform (EASR) for permits to take water
Canada's great science researchers
Are Canadians still doing great science research, despite federal government cutbacks? Some of Canada’s research stars are featured in a new website, Research2Reality. Worth a look, and good to see.Continue reading the post titled Canada's great science researchers
"Resource Recovery" not "Waste Management"
What’s in a name? The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has renamed its longstanding Waste Management Policy Branch the “Resource Recovery Policy Branch“. The renaming is part of Minister Glenn Murray’s vision of a low-carbon circular economy, and of …Continue reading the post titled "Resource Recovery" not "Waste Management"
What will Alberta NDP govt do about climate change?
Congratulations to Rachel Notley and the new Alberta NDP majority government. Their platform page is “not found” this morning, but it included several environmental pledges:Continue reading the post titled What will Alberta NDP govt do about climate change?
Pope Francis encyclical coming on climate change
The Vatican confirmed this week that Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment is now finalized and is being translated, with an expected release date in June. An encyclical letter is considered the most important form of papal teaching. This will be the first-ever encyclical entire…Continue reading the post titled Pope Francis encyclical coming on climate change