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Published on: 3 Jun 2019 By

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…

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Published on: 27 May 2019 By

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…

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Published on: 16 May 2019 By

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 re…

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Published on: 6 May 2019 By

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…

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Published on: 30 Apr 2019 By

Ontario Government Announces Consultation on Environmental Assessment Process

On April 25, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released a consultation paper inviting comments on proposed reforms to the environmental assessment process under the Environmental Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.18. The discussion paper provides a high-le…

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Published on: 25 Apr 2019 By

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…

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Published on: 16 Apr 2019 By

$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…

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