Category: Environmental

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Ontario, B.C. Release New Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans

December 10, 2018

The governments of Ontario and British Columbia recently released new environmental plans that will guide the development of environmental legislation and policies in each province for the foreseeable future. Ontario released the Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (Proposal) and B.C. released its CleanBC plan. These plans will lead to economic opportunities for certain…

New Year, New Environmental Rules: Alberta’s Revised Remediation Rules Take Effect in 2019

November 27, 2018

On January 1, 2019, significant amendments to Alberta’s Remediation Certificate Regulation will come into force. These include: Renaming the regulation the Remediation Regulation Creating a site-based remediation certificate Creating a new reporting requirement for impacts Defaulting to the application of Tier 1 rather than Tier 2 Guidelines Issuing a Tier 2 compliance letter Establishing a new mandatory remedial measures timeline…

Viewpoint: 5 (More) Things You Should Know about the Proposed B.C. Environmental Assessment Act

November 23, 2018

Recently, Blakes Partner Sam Adkins and I commented on the Indigenous aspects of Bill 51, the proposed legislation to replace B.C.’s current Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA). For more information, please see our November 2018 Blakes Bulletin: Government of British Columbia Introduces Indigenous Consent Requirement for Major Projects.   If you’re considering a project in B.C., here are five more things you…

Managing Environmental Enterprise Risk

November 14, 2018

Join members of the Blakes Environmental and Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response groups for a discussion of hot topics and trends in Canadian environmental law.   This interactive session will include a realistic environmental crisis scenario designed to help you identify issues and appropriate responses. It will cover environmental liability issues, including shareholder, officer and director risks, and will include…

Written Spill Reporting Requirements in British Columbia Now In Effect

October 31, 2018

On October 30, 2018, British Columbia significantly expanded its spill reporting requirements to include written reports, thus implementing the last of the amendments to the spill management and reporting requirements under the Environmental Management Act (EMA) that came into force on October 30, 2017. Reporting of all spills must now include multiple written reports, which meet extensive prescriptive components. For…

Canada Details Federal Carbon Pricing System in Face of Increasing Opposition

October 26, 2018

On October 23, 2018, the Government of Canada announced additional details regarding the federal carbon pricing system and published draft regulations amending the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act). A federal fuel charge of C$20 per tonne of carbon emissions will come into effect in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan in April 2019 and in Yukon and Nunavut in…

New Compensation Obligations for Projects Impacting Wetlands and Bodies of Water in Quebec Now in Force

October 4, 2018

The Regulation respecting compensation for adverse effects on wetlands and bodies of water (Regulation) came into force on September 20, 2018. The Regulation clarifies the regulatory framework and parameters for determining the financial contribution now required from proponents who wish to carry out projects in wetlands and bodies of water in Quebec. BACKGROUND The Regulation is part of the overhaul of…

New Ontario Government to Restore Municipal Rights to Oppose Renewable Energy Projects

September 24, 2018

Three months after taking power, Ontario’s new government introduced legislation to restore the rights of local municipalities to control the development of new renewable energy projects (such as wind and solar generation) within their jurisdiction. When passed, the Green Energy Repeal Act, 2018 (Bill 34) will repeal the Green Energy Act, 2009 (Act) in its entirety and amend several other…

Court Rules SARA Emergency Orders are Valid and Compensation May Be Available

September 18, 2018

In a recent ruling, the Federal Court of Canada (Court) confirmed the validity of an emergency order that impacts a private housing development in the suburbs of Montréal and the constitutional validity of the provision of the Species at Risk Act (SARA), which allows such emergency orders to be made. This is the first decision from a Canadian court that…

B.C. Environmental Appeal Board Refuses Expert Opinion from Consultant Who Acted As Agent

August 9, 2018

The British Columbia Environment Appeal Board (Board) recently ruled that a consultant who had acted as agent for one of the parties to an environmental appeal could not testify as an expert witness on behalf of that party. Parties seeking assistance from their technical experts in applications for regulatory permits or subsequent appeals should exercise caution before having them assist…

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