Approvals reform (EASR) for permits to take water
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is now considering public comments on its latest approvals reform proposal: moving many permits to take water to the “permit by rule” approach of the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). The next EASR propos…Continue reading the post titled Approvals reform (EASR) for permits to take water
US recommends reducing fluoride in drinking water
Communities throughout Canada and the US add fluoride to their drinking water supplies to prevent dental cavities. As we’ve written about before, some opponents claim that the risk of adverse health effects outweighs the public health benefits of fluoridation. A recent report by the U.…Continue reading the post titled US recommends reducing fluoride in drinking water
"Resource Recovery" not "Waste Management"
What’s in a name? The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has renamed its longstanding Waste Management Policy Branch the “Resource Recovery Policy Branch“. The renaming is part of Minister Glenn Murray’s vision of a low-carbon circular economy, and of …Continue reading the post titled "Resource Recovery" not "Waste Management"
What will Alberta NDP govt do about climate change?
Congratulations to Rachel Notley and the new Alberta NDP majority government. Their platform page is “not found” this morning, but it included several environmental pledges: $5 million annually to partner with financial institutions and extend interest-free loans of up to $10,000…Continue reading the post titled What will Alberta NDP govt do about climate change?
Court of Appeal Upholds ERT Finding in Blanding’s Turtle Case
On April 20, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal restored the finding of the Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) that the proposed Ostrander Point wind farm would result in “serious and irreversible” harm to the Blanding’s turtle. The Ostrander Point wind farm project is a nine-turbine 22.5 …Continue reading the post titled Court of Appeal Upholds ERT Finding in Blanding’s Turtle Case
Pope Francis encyclical coming on climate change
The Vatican confirmed this week that Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment is now finalized and is being translated, with an expected release date in June. An encyclical letter is considered the most important form of papal teaching. This will be the first-ever encyclical entire…Continue reading the post titled Pope Francis encyclical coming on climate change
Gord Miller finishing term as Environmental Commissioner
After 15 productive years, Gord Miller is winding down his term as Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner.Continue reading the post titled Gord Miller finishing term as Environmental Commissioner
Ostrander Point wind project goes back to Tribunal
The Ontario Court of Appeal has reinstated the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal on the Ostrander Point wind farm: The Renewable Energy Approval as issued by the Director (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change) should not be upheld as issued, because of the harm that the…Continue reading the post titled Ostrander Point wind project goes back to Tribunal
MOECC Fines – April 2015
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed of environmental issues that could impact your business, we have collected this list of recent MOECC fines for violations of the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act. If you have any questions or would like more …Continue reading the post titled MOECC Fines – April 2015