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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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Published on: 11 Apr 2019 By

Further changes coming to the Conservation Authorities Act

The Ontario government announced a new round of changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27 (the “Act”) and regulations in two Environmental Registry postings on Friday, April 5, 2019: Modernizing conservation authority operations – Conservation Authorities Act ht…

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Published on: 1 Apr 2019 By

Final Report of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Focused on Energy Conservation

As of today, April 1, 2019, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s (ECO) website reads:  From 1994 to 2019, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), an independent officer of the Legislature, reported on government progress on climate change, energy and other environmental issue…

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Published on: 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 pre…

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Published on: 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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Published on: 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 t…

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