Category: Environmental

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Canada Proposes New Regulations to Strengthen Rail Security for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods

July 10, 2017

On June 24, 2017, the federal government proposed new regulations under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, entitled the Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Rail Security Regulations (Rail Security Regulations). The Rail Security Regulations are intended to strengthen the security of Canada’s rail system from potential sabotage or terrorist attack. Once enacted, the Rail Security Regulations will also bring Canada’s…

Quebec Court Rules on the Role of Social Acceptability in the Project Approval Process

July 6, 2017

On June 21, 2017, the Superior Court of Québec (Court) ruled against Ressources Strateco inc. (Strateco) in a decision that addresses the issue of social acceptability in the context of project approvals in Northern Quebec. In Ressources Strateco inc. c. Procureure générale du Québec, the Court rejected Strateco’s claim for approximately C$200-million in damages, including punitive damages, against the Attorney…

Emission Limit Implementation Recommendations from Alberta’s Oil Sands Advisory Group

June 30, 2017

On June 16, 2017, the Alberta Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) released its report, Recommendations on Implementation of the Oil Sands Emissions Limit Established by the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan, which sets out recommendations for implementing and remaining within the 100 megatonne (MT) per year greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limit for the oil sands sector (Emissions Limit) articulated in Alberta’s…

Canada’s New Energy Efficiency Regulations Come Into Force

June 28, 2017

On June 28, 2017, the federal Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2016 (New Regulations) came into force, repealing and replacing the original Energy Efficiency Regulations (Regulations). The New Regulations increase the energy efficiency standards for certain consumer and commercial products and take a step towards harmonizing Canada’s energy efficiency standards with those of the United States. OVERVIEW OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS IN…

Cannabis, Commercial Real Estate and the Environment — Things to Consider Before You Get Into the Weeds

June 15, 2017

Cannabis legalization has been in the spotlight since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put the issue on the agenda as part of his 2015 campaign. Details have begun emerging around how cannabis production, sale and consumption will be regulated with the recent introduction by the federal government of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (Bill) (for further information, please see our April…

Canada Publishes Technical Paper, Reveals Federal Carbon Pricing Plan

May 31, 2017

On May 18, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada released the Technical Paper on the Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop (Technical Paper), which provides an overview of the prospective federal carbon emissions pricing system and insights on how the federal carbon price will take shape. Canadian stakeholders, businesses and the public have been invited to provide comments on the Technical Paper…

Quebec Adopts Bill 102, Overhauls Its Environmental Approval Regime

May 24, 2017

On March 23, 2017, the Quebec national assembly adopted Bill 102 to amend the Environment Quality Act (EQA). The Bill will result in significant changes to Quebec’s environmental approval regime. Bill 102 was tabled on June 7, 2016, following the publication of a green paper by Quebec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel,…

Alberta’s Power Reform: Implications for Electricity Providers and Consumers

May 1, 2017

A fundamental shift in the structure of Alberta’s electricity market is underway. The provincial government has promised to phase out the current energy-only market and replace it with a capacity market system, to be fully implemented by 2021. The transition was recommended by the Alberta Electric System Operator in its report, Alberta’s Wholesale Electricity Market Transition Recommendation. The change will…

Expert Panel’s Recommendations to Increase the Number, Cost and Timing of Federal Environmental Assessments

April 13, 2017

On April 5, 2017, the federal environmental assessment (EA) expert panel released its report, Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada. The report recommends broadening the scope of assessments to include environmental, economic, social, cultural and health impacts. Only projects that contribute a net positive benefit to present and future generations would be approved. The report’s recommendations…

Ontario’s First Cap-and-Trade Auction Sells 100 Per Cent of 2017 Allowances

April 5, 2017

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) held the first auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances on March 22, 2017 and published the auction’s results on April 3, 2017. All 2017 allowances were sold at the auction at a settlement price of C$18.08 per tonne of GHG. For further details of the new cap-and-trade legislative measures, please…

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