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 …View 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…View 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…View the post titled Fisheries Act private prosecution goes ahead
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…View the post titled Approvals reform (EASR) for permits to take water
"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 …View 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: $5 million annually to partner with financial institutions and extend interest-free loans of up to $10,000…View 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…View the post titled Pope Francis encyclical coming on climate change
Gord Miller finishing term as Environmental Commissioner
After 15 productive years, Gord Miller is winding down his term as Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner.View the post titled Gord Miller finishing term as Environmental Commissioner
Ostrander Point wind project goes back to Tribunal
The Ontario Court of Appeal has reinstated the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal on the Ostrander Point wind farm: The Renewable Energy Approval as issued by the Director (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change) should not be upheld as issued, because of the harm that the…View the post titled Ostrander Point wind project goes back to Tribunal
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