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Published on: 14 May 2015 By

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…

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Published on: 7 May 2015 By

OCA Clarifies Franchisor Disclosure Obligations

After getting off to a shaky start, the Ontario Court of Appeal seems to be finding its feet in the interpretation of franchisors’ disclosure obligations as mandated by the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure) 2000, S.O. 2000 c. 3, and its General Regulation. In the case of Caffé Demetr…

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Published on: 6 May 2015 By

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…

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Published on: 5 May 2015 By

Court of Appeal Upholds ERT Finding in Blanding’s Turtle Case

On April 20, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal restored the finding of the Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) that the proposed Ostrander Point wind farm would result in “serious and irreversible” harm to the Blanding’s turtle. The Ostrander Point wind farm project is a nine-turbine 22.5 …

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