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Published on: 25 Sep 2018 By

Environmental Commissioner’s 2018 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report

On September 25, 2018, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released the 2018 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report: Climate Action in Ontario: What’s Next? The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario created by the Environme…

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Published on: 21 Sep 2018 By

Environmental Review Tribunal Clarifies Section 34(1) of OWRA

The Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) recently released a decision clarifying the scope of section 34(1) of the Ontario Water Resources Act R.S.O. 1990, c. O.40, (“OWRA”). The City of Thunder Bay (“City”) in Thunder Bay (City) v. Ontario (Environment, Conservation and Parks), ERT no. 18-…

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Published on: 17 Sep 2018 By

Ontario Files Argument in Court Challenge of Federal Carbon Tax Act

On September 14, 2018, the government of Ontario filed a statement of particulars in the constitutional challenge of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act filed on August 1, 2018. By Order in Council the Province set out the question to be addressed by the court as: “…

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Published on: 11 Sep 2018 By ,

Ontario Superior Court of Justice Sets Aside Provisions of Legislation Cutting Toronto City Council in Half in City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151.

In July 2018, merely one month into his new role as Ontario Premier, Doug Ford announced his intention to reduce the number of Councillors in the City of Toronto by almost 50%. Bill 5, Better Local Government Act (“Bill 5”), which received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018, reduced the number …

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Published on: 4 Sep 2018 By

New Fisheries Minister’s Mandate to Advance Bill C-68 – the reform of the Fisheries Act

On August 28, 2018, Prime Minister Trudeau issued a fresh mandate letter to Canada’s new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, who was appointed on July 18, 2018. The minster is directed to implement and develop the Oceans Protection Pl…

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Published on: 30 Aug 2018 By

Federal Court of Appeal Quashes Order in Council Approving Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion in Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 FCA 153

On August 30, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision concerning the judicial review of an Order in Council approving the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (the “Expansion Project”). The Order in Council, dated November 29, 2016, was based on a report an…

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Published on: 30 Aug 2018 By

Premier Doug Ford Directs OEB to Remove Carbon Tax

On August 29, 2018 Premier Doug Ford announced the removal of the cost of carbon tax from natural gas rates by October 1, 2018. The Minister of Energy, Norther Development and Mines, Greg Rickford, wrote to the Ontario Energy Board (“OEB”) setting out the government’s expectations that natur…

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Published on: 24 Aug 2018 By

Ontario Court of Justice Sentences Corporation and its Director to $420,000 Fine and 45-day jail term for Contravention of PCB Regulations of Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Environment and Climate Change Canada has reported that on August 21, 2018, a Collingwood corporation and its director were sentenced to a $420,000 fine plus a 45-day jail term, for 10 counts of contravening the PCB Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, and one c…

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Published on: 22 Aug 2018 By

Fortis Alberta Ordered to pay $300,000.00 fine for Unreported Oil Spill

On August 15, 2018, the Provincial Court of Alberta ordered the electrical utility, FortisAlberta, to pay a $300,000.00 fine for failing to report an oil spill in a timely manner. The spill related to potentially dangerous polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in west-central Alberta. While Fo…

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