Sage Grouse to be protected by Emergency Protection Order, later
Following a recent loss in the Federal Court of Appeal, Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq announced earlier this week that the federal government will (later) introduce an Emergency Protection Order for the Greater Sage-Grouse, or at least for those of this rapidly declining species…Continue reading the post titled Sage Grouse to be protected by Emergency Protection Order, later
New guidance on a tough issue: Aboriginal Consultation and Renewable Energy
Ontario’s “Aboriginal Consultation Guide for Preparing a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) Application” which provides guidance and direction on the Aboriginal consultation requirements for renewable energy projects under Ontario Regulation 359/09 under the Environmental Protection Act w…Continue reading the post titled New guidance on a tough issue: Aboriginal Consultation and Renewable Energy
Ecojustice sues to save endangered species
Ecojustice, Ontario Nature and the Wildlands League have launched a lawsuit against the Ontario government protesting a lengthy set of exemptions given to businesses under Regulation 242/08 of the Endangered Species Act. The industries that received exemptions include agriculture, forestry, …Continue reading the post titled Ecojustice sues to save endangered species
Where are the public agency energy consumption baseline reports?
On January 1st, 2012 the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans Regulation (O.Reg. 397/11) came into effect. By now, all Ontario public agencies are required to have prepared and published a summary of their 2011 energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions: On or before July 1, …Continue reading the post titled Where are the public agency energy consumption baseline reports?
Pipeline safety: regulators spar, but public gets no enforcement data
The National Energy Board has responded strongly to recommendations on pipeline safety by the Alberta Pipeline Safety Review. The National Energy Board argues, defensively, that it is already ahead of the game, even as environmental groups savage the Alberta report as a whitewash. According …Continue reading the post titled Pipeline safety: regulators spar, but public gets no enforcement data
One less hazardous waste in Ontario: automotive aluminum sludge delisted
The line between “hazardous” and “non-hazardous” waste is often drawn in a somewhat arbitrary way, sometimes for historical reasons. Occasionally, it is possible to persuade the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to readjust the line. Canadian automotive manufacturer…Continue reading the post titled One less hazardous waste in Ontario: automotive aluminum sludge delisted
New Cycling Strategy- another small step in the right direction
As passionate cyclists, we are glad to see that Ontario HAS a cycling strategy (update just released, after 1106 comments on the previous draft). Now we’d like to see more money, and better laws, to give it teeth and concrete presence in our cities.We have a long way to go to achieve t…Continue reading the post titled New Cycling Strategy- another small step in the right direction
Ontario environmental permit by rule approvals (EASR) expanding slowly
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has proposed some modest expansions of its permit-by-rule approval program for low impact activities similar to those already covered by the EASR system. The proposal, Regulatory Amendments to Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Regulatio…Continue reading the post titled Ontario environmental permit by rule approvals (EASR) expanding slowly
Can municipalities require climate warning labels on gasoline?
Here’s a great new idea for municipal action on climate change: warning labels! Our Horizon1 is a non-profit organization with a mandate to empower people and communities to take action on climate change. Their new campaign aims to get municipalities to use their existing powers in new ways …Continue reading the post titled Can municipalities require climate warning labels on gasoline?
Tiny amount of hazardous material can make a whole waste load “hazardous”
A recent court decision has dramatically widened Ontario’s rules on what constitutes “hazardous waste”. Now, any hotspot can be enough to make an entire load “hazardous waste”. This is a particular risk for those handling spill cleanup materials and other small …Continue reading the post titled Tiny amount of hazardous material can make a whole waste load “hazardous”