The federal government’s proposed approach to reforming Canada’s environmental laws
The federal government has released a discussion paper outlining aspects of the approach it proposes to take to implement planned reforms to Canada’s environmental laws. It is inviting comments from the public until August 28, 2017. We’ve previously written about the progress of these reform…Continue reading the post titled The federal government’s proposed approach to reforming Canada’s environmental laws
The road to increased solar power infrastructure?
France has implemented environmental legislation that will require new buildings constructed in commercial areas to partially cover their roofs in either plants or solar panels. Although we are not aware of any Canadian legislation requiring the installation of solar panels on roof tops, req…Continue reading the post titled The road to increased solar power infrastructure?
Is Canada closer to recognizing a legal right to a healthy environment?
The federal parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development has released a report resulting from its review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). The standing committee has recommended that a right to a healthy environment be included in forthcoming…Continue reading the post titled Is Canada closer to recognizing a legal right to a healthy environment?
3-month Jail Time for Illegally Trafficking Iguanas
An Ontario man was sentenced to three months jail in New Brunswick for illegally trafficking threatened iguanas. The individual, who is from Thornhill, Ontario, was sentenced in Fredericton Provincial Court to concurrently serve two three-month jail terms after pleading guilty to one count o…Continue reading the post titled 3-month Jail Time for Illegally Trafficking Iguanas
Company issued $3,500,000 in fines under the Fisheries Act
Earlier this month, an Alberta-based mining company, Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC, pleaded guilty to two counts under the Fisheries Act. The charges related to a dike failure that occurred in October 2013. The dike was used to contain a large volume of waste water containing coal, clay, …Continue reading the post titled Company issued $3,500,000 in fines under the Fisheries Act
Environmental Commissioner examines municipal water use, energy consumption, and climate change
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has published her Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, entitled Every Drop Counts (the “Report”). The Report focuses on the nexus between water and energy and finding ways to reduce municipal consumption of both in Ontario. The Report focuses …Continue reading the post titled Environmental Commissioner examines municipal water use, energy consumption, and climate change
Changes to Ontario municipal laws now in effect and increase municipal powers to combat climate change
Bill 68—the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017—received royal assent on May 30, 2017, so is now officially in force. As we previously reported, Bill 68 introduces a host of changes to several key municipal statutes: the Municipal Act, 2001 (“Municipal Act”); City of Toront…Continue reading the post titled Changes to Ontario municipal laws now in effect and increase municipal powers to combat climate change
$600,000 Fine for Sediment Discharge
On May 15, 2017, 228057 Ontario Inc. (formerly Naylor Renewable Energy Inc.) pled guilty to three offences and was fined $600,000 plus the 25 per cent victim fine surcharge for discharging sediment-laden stormwater causing the impairment water quality, failing to notify the Ministry of the E…Continue reading the post titled $600,000 Fine for Sediment Discharge
Federal environmental law reform: expert Panel on NEB modernization releases its report
The expert panel created to study and propose solutions for reform of the National Energy Board (“NEB”) has released its report, entitled “Forward, Together: Enabling Canada’s Clean, Safe and Secure Energy Future” (“NEB Report”). The NEB Report comes on the heels of the report issued by the …Continue reading the post titled Federal environmental law reform: expert Panel on NEB modernization releases its report
Long-awaited changes to Ontario’s Mining Act and Aggregate Resources Act passed
Ontario has introduced changes to the Aggregate Resources Act and the Mining Act. After years of work and consultations, the changes will come into effect once royal assent is obtained. The Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act introduced numerous changes to both of these Acts tha…Continue reading the post titled Long-awaited changes to Ontario’s Mining Act and Aggregate Resources Act passed