Federal climate change legislation?
For the second time in a year, the federal House of Commons has passed climate change legislation put forward by the opposition parties. On June 4, the House gave third reading to Bill C-377, an Act to ensure Canada assumes its responsibilities in preventing dangerous climate change:Continue reading the post titled Federal climate change legislation?
City of Toronto stands down on environmental reporting
Since Toronto’s 2000 Environmental Plan, the Toronto Board of Health has been concerned about inadequacies in federal and provincial environmental toxics reporting, especially its failure to require reporting from small and medium-sized businesses. Early this year, the City proposed a …Continue reading the post titled City of Toronto stands down on environmental reporting
P2 Plans Due for Toronto Manufacturers
Under Toronto’s Sewer Bylaw, Toronto companies are obliged to thoroughly update their pollution prevention plans every six years. For manufacturers, the first plans were due June 30, 2002; this means that new plans are due next Monday. Minor updates must be submitted every two years.Continue reading the post titled P2 Plans Due for Toronto Manufacturers
Major Victory for Lafarge Neighbours and ECO
The Ontario Divisional Court has given a resounding victory to the Environmental Review Tribunal and to neighbours who oppose tire burning at the Lafarge cement plant in Bath. Last spring, the ERT granted neighbours leave to appeal two certificates of approval, issued by the Ministry of the …Continue reading the post titled Major Victory for Lafarge Neighbours and ECO
Ontario proposes grants for green commercial vehicles
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is proposing a $15 million, 4 year pilot project to help businesses buy new, fuel-efficient, low greenhouse gas emitting commercial vehicles. Grantees will have to track and report the emission reductions they achieve.Continue reading the post titled Ontario proposes grants for green commercial vehicles
Quebec Ontario Agreement on GHG
Cooperation on GHG emissions? Uh-uh — Feds’ knickers in a knot over pact between Ontario and Quebec Ontario and Québec signed a memorandum of understanding on climate change during Canadian Environment Week, on June 2. Premiers McGuinty and Charest propose that an inter-provincia…Continue reading the post titled Quebec Ontario Agreement on GHG
What is a Piecrust?
To allow innocent third parties to build or operate on historically contaminated lands, we often use a legal structure known as a “piecrust”. For a presentation that describes the concept, click Introduction to Piecrusts.Continue reading the post titled What is a Piecrust?
Harper Gov't Approves Kearl Mine Again
To no one’s surprise, the Harper government has again approved Imperial Oil’s Kearl oil sands mine. In May, a court ruled that the mine’s environmental assessment had not been properly completed because it gave no credible reasons why the mine’s massive greenhouse gas…Continue reading the post titled Harper Gov't Approves Kearl Mine Again
CO2 Highest in 650,000 years
According to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is now 387 ppm, the highest level for at least 650,000 years. Meanwhile, the city of Toronto released figures showing that the August 19, 2005 storm has cost the city …Continue reading the post titled CO2 Highest in 650,000 years
Who gets the money?
Alberta’s cap and trade plan may create another opportunity for the federal and provincial governments to tussle over oil revenues. Alberta’s “Specified Gas Emitters” regulation requires Alberta’s largest emitters to reduce the intensity of their greenhouse gas …Continue reading the post titled Who gets the money?