The Ever-Changing Carbon Tax Debate Throughout Canada
On May 22, 2019 the Alberta government tabled the Carbon Tax Repeal Act to immediately repeal the existing carbon levy. The repeal of the Carbon Tax Repeal Act is under the provisions of Bill 1 by Alberta’s new United Conservative Party (UPC) government. The Alberta carbon tax however was en…Continue reading the post titled The Ever-Changing Carbon Tax Debate Throughout Canada
BC Court of Appeal rules legislation with the sole effect of setting conditions for Trans Mountains Pipeline is not within BC’s authority.
On May 24, 2019, the BC Court of Appeal released a unanimous decision in Reference re Environmental Management Act (British Columbia), 2019 BCCA 181. At issue in this reference case was a proposed amendment to BC’s Environmental Management Act (“EMA”) dealing with “hazardous substance permit…Continue reading the post titled BC Court of Appeal rules legislation with the sole effect of setting conditions for Trans Mountains Pipeline is not within BC’s authority.
Ontario Government Continues Roll-out of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016
Proposed regulations under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) for recycling of electrical/electronic equipment (e.g. televisions, laptops, cellphones, light bulbs, appliances, etc.) and batteries have been posted to the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO). The r…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Government Continues Roll-out of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016
What are my legal rights if municipal roadwork harms my business?
As road repair and construction season ramps up in municipalities across Ontario, many business owners will be facing the news that the street and sidewalk outside their business will be temporarily closed due to municipal roadwork. Depending on the extent of the project, this can range from…Continue reading the post titled What are my legal rights if municipal roadwork harms my business?
Court of Appeal Confirms Federal Carbon Tax Constitutional
On May 3, 2019 Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal ruled that the carbon tax imposed on the Province by the federal government is constitutional and valid. The issue considered by the Court of Appeal was whether the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act(“GGPP Act”), is unconst…Continue reading the post titled Court of Appeal Confirms Federal Carbon Tax Constitutional
Big Changes Coming (again) to Land Use Planning Appeals in Ontario
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced on May 2, 2019, that the most significant and disruptive of the 2017 legislative changes to Ontario’s land use planning appeal process are being repealed. The government announcement, contained in its “Housing Supply Action Plan” (the “…Continue reading the post titled Big Changes Coming (again) to Land Use Planning Appeals in Ontario
Ontario Moves to Formalize the Use of Third-party Off-sets Under the Endangered Species Act, 2007
The Ontario government has published the results of its 10-year review of the Endangered Species Act, 2007, S.O. 2007, c. 6(the “Act”). While the results are reported in summary fashion, the review has resulted in multiple proposed changes to the Act. The proposed changes have been posted o…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Moves to Formalize the Use of Third-party Off-sets Under the Endangered Species Act, 2007
$50,000 WAPRIITA Fine
On March 4, 2019, Topwin Trading Co. Ltd. (“Topwin”) pled guilty to violating the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPRIITA) and fined $50,000 in penalties. The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) notified the enforcement bran…Continue reading the post titled $50,000 WAPRIITA Fine
New York Taking on Climate Change
On April 18, 2019 New York City Council approved a plan, the local version of the Green New Deal, that requires thousands of buildings to take steps to reduce their greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions. The plan implements a cap on carbon emissions for buildings over 25,000 sq. ft. in area and r…Continue reading the post titled New York Taking on Climate Change
$9.5 Billion Dollar Claim to Enforce Judgment Dismissed
On Thursday, April 4, 2019 the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the attempts of Ecuador’s Lago Agrio Region requiring Chevron to pay for water and soil contamination relating to Texaco’s activities in the area. The contamination was caused by Texaco’s activities between the years 1964 and 1…Continue reading the post titled $9.5 Billion Dollar Claim to Enforce Judgment Dismissed