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Published on: 24 Jan 2013 By

First source protection plan approved under Clean Water Act

Source water protection is finally coming into force in Ontario. Nearly 13 years after the Walkerton water tragedy, Ontario has approved its first Source Water Protection Plan under the Clean Water Act. The Lakehead Source Protection Plan for the Thunder Bay area is the first  legally bindin…

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Published on: 22 Jan 2013 By

Equivalent wetland dedication is expropriation?

The Quebec Court of Appeal will soon decide an appeal on whether applications to destroy wetlands can be required to dedicate offsetting lands to become protected areas. However, the trial decision has already been overruled by the National Assembly. In Atocas de l’érable inc. c. Québe…

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Published on: 17 Jan 2013 By

Climate change burns while governments fiddle

Everywhere I look, I see galloping evidence of climate change. Last weekend, southern Ontario watched ski trails and ice rinks melt under the onslaught of record high temperatures and heavy rain. Spring perennials and bulbs were blooming in Toronto gardens, blooms that will be destroyed for …

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Published on: 14 Jan 2013 By

A new twist on anti-wind litigation: the Charter

Because of the social, environmental, and political importance of reducing carbon emissions and switching to renewable sources of energy, the Environmental Protection Act requires wind opponents to show that a renewable energy project will cause serious harm to human health, or serious and i…

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Published on: 9 Jan 2013 By

Energy transparency in Ontario public schools, a small step in the right direction

Congratulations to Gord Miller, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner. Hours after he chided the province for concealing energy consumption information in public buildings, the province announced that energy consumption information for schools will be made public by July 1. It’s a…

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