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22 Mar 2019 By

Repeal of Toxic Reductions Act – Friend or Foe

The Ontario government recently voted in Committee to remove Schedule 10 from Bill 66,  Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. The removal of Schedule 10 was in response to comments received concerning impacts to farmland, drinking water sources and other natural areas that risked being pr…

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20 Mar 2019 By

Ontario GHG Performance Standards for Industrial Emitters

The public consultation period for the Ontario government’s proposed greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emission performance standards (“EPS”) ends on March 29, 2019.  The EPS proposal is the government’s replacement for the cap and trade regime under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy…

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11 Mar 2019 By

Fisheries Act Violation Results In $350,000 Fine

On February 20, 2019 Fraser River Pile and Dredge GP Inc. (“Fraser”) was ordered to pay a penalty in the amount of $350,000.00 after pleading guilty to depositing a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish, contrary to the Fisheries Act.  Section 36(3) of the Fisheries Act states …

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8 Mar 2019 By

Ontario Government’s Environmental Policies Continue to Take Shape

On March 6, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released a discussion paper titled, Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities (the “Discussion Paper”). As the Introduction indicates, the Discussion Paper is intended to outline in further detail the steps …

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5 Mar 2019 By

Ontario Government Publishes Response Statements for Six Species At Risk Under the Endangered Species Act, 2007

On February 28, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks issued multiple species-specific policies (“Response Statements”) in accordance with the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA). Under the ESA, the Government of Ontario is obligated to produce and adhere to a …

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25 Feb 2019 By

Annual Report on Lake Simcoe Protection Plan Released

On February 15, 2019, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks released the 2017 Annual Report on Lake Simcoe. The report describes the measures taken in 2017 to implement the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan (the “Plan”). The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan is promulgated pursuant to…

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20 Feb 2019 By

Environmental Approvals – Failure to Register EASR

On January 11, 2019 Ace Auto Parts Inc. pled guilty for failing to register an End-of-Life Vehicle site on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (“EASR”) resulting in a fine of $3,000 plus the 25% Victim Fine Surcharge. Ace Auto Parts Inc. was given a period of six months to pay the…

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15 Feb 2019 By ,

Affordable Housing and the Planning Act Authority for Parkland Dedication and Cash-in-Lieu

“You can neither lie to a neighbourhood park, nor reason with it. ‘Artists conceptions’ and persuasive renderings can put pictures of life into proposed neighbourhood parks or parks malls, and verbal rationalizations can conjure up users who ought to appreciate them, but in real life only di…

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14 Feb 2019 By

Ontario Court of Appeal Provides Succinct Overview of Regulation of Sewage Works

On January 31, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Belwood Lake Cottagers Association Inc. v. Ontario (Environment and Climate Change), 2019 ONCA 70. The decision turned on the interpretation of “lot or parcel of land” in the Ontario Water Resources Act, R.S.O. 1990, c…

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11 Feb 2019 By

Climate Change Alters Municipal Role and Responsibilities

“[By] covering a ground plot with buildings and pavements, which carry off most of the rain and prevent its soaking into the Earth and renewing and purifying the Springs … the water of wells must gradually grow worse, and in time be unfit for use as I find has happened in all old cities. Benjamin...

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