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Published on: 30 Sep 2013 By

What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?

People who actually live with and host wind turbines on their properties are rarely heard in the emotional debate on wind farms and health. Australian filmmaker and researcher Neil Barrett is giving this critical group a voice in his excellent short film, The way the wind blows. Evidence aro…

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Published on: 26 Sep 2013 By

Approvals Reform to tackle Brownfields/ Surplus soil issues

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has announced another round of consultations on Modernization of Approvals. This time, they say, they will tackle the high stakes problems of surplus soil movements and contaminated sites. See presentation, Brownfields Modernization.

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Published on: 25 Sep 2013 By

Ministry of Transport pays $250,000 for Fisheries Act charges

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has plead guilty to two charges under the old federal Fisheries Act, and has agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty. The charges were laid by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and  relate to sediment released from a Highway 11 construction project near B…

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Published on: 24 Sep 2013 By

Ontario Power Generation Intends to Double Size of Radioactive Waste Burial on Lake Huron.

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and a consortium of environmental groups has requested that the Federal Joint Review Panel suspend hearings assessing the Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) radioactive waste dump proposal until the company clarifies its stance on the status of…

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Published on: 19 Sep 2013 By

Sage Grouse to be protected by Emergency Protection Order, later

Following a recent loss in the Federal Court of Appeal, Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq announced earlier this week that the federal government will (later) introduce an Emergency Protection Order for the Greater Sage-Grouse, or at least for those of this rapidly declining species…

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Published on: 17 Sep 2013 By

New guidance on a tough issue: Aboriginal Consultation and Renewable Energy

Ontario’s “Aboriginal Consultation Guide for Preparing a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) Application” which provides guidance and direction on the Aboriginal consultation requirements for renewable energy projects under Ontario Regulation 359/09 under the Environmental Protection Act w…

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Published on: 11 Sep 2013 By

Where are the public agency energy consumption baseline reports?

On January 1st, 2012 the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans Regulation (O.Reg. 397/11) came into effect. By now, all Ontario public agencies are required to have prepared and published a summary of their 2011 energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions: On or before July 1, …

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Published on: 9 Sep 2013 By

One less hazardous waste in Ontario: automotive aluminum sludge delisted

The line between “hazardous” and “non-hazardous” waste is often drawn in a somewhat arbitrary way, sometimes for historical reasons. Occasionally, it is possible to persuade the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to readjust the line. Canadian automotive manufacturer…

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Published on: 4 Sep 2013 By

Ontario environmental permit by rule approvals (EASR) expanding slowly

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has proposed some modest expansions of its permit-by-rule approval program for low impact activities similar to those already covered by the EASR system. The proposal, Regulatory Amendments to Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Regulatio…

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Published on: 3 Sep 2013 By

Can municipalities require climate warning labels on gasoline?

Here’s a great new idea for municipal action on climate change: warning labels! Our Horizon1 is a non-profit organization with a mandate to empower people and communities to take action on climate change. Their new campaign aims to get municipalities to use their existing powers in new ways …

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