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Canada: Environmental Implications of the New Federal Budget

Jul 8th, 2012 | By
Canada: Environmental Implications of the New Federal Budget

After a marathon session in the lower chamber of Canada’s federal parliament, the Conservative government majority prevailed and its federal Budget Bill C-38 (Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act)  became law at the end of June 2012. Bill C-38 brings with it considerable restructuring of Canadian environmental regulation. The federal government says that the objective of
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Ontario: Storm Clouds Brew for Wind and Solar

Mar 11th, 2012 | By
Ontario: Storm Clouds Brew for Wind and Solar

Ontario’s ambitious renewable energy program is under attack from all sides. In December 2011, the Auditor General criticized the province’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rates for renewable energy as being too costly (see the Manning Environmental Law blog post December 5, 2011) . In February of this year, the report of the Commission on the Reform
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Canada: Audit Report Criticizes Transport Canada and National Energy Board

Feb 4th, 2012 | By
Canada: Audit Report Criticizes Transport Canada and National Energy Board

According to an audit report released by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada in December 2011, Transport Canada has not designed and implemented the management practices needed to effectively monitor regulatory compliance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992. Key audit findings included …



COP 17 Climate Change Agreement in Durban: the Politics of Compromise

Dec 15th, 2011 | By
COP 17 Climate Change Agreement in Durban: the Politics of Compromise

In a last-minute deal reached on December 11, 2011 at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Durban, South Africa, governments decided to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change as soon as possible, but not later than
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Overview of Canadian Environmental Law

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
Overview of Canadian Environmental Law

Canadian law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has issued Blakes Guide to Environmental Law in Canada, an introductory summary of the principal laws and regulations of Canadian environmental law. The guide also provides an overview of environmental law in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia. Chapters include Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) Canadian
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Environment Canada Reverses Siloxane D5 Decision

Nov 1st, 2011 | By
Environment Canada Reverses Siloxane D5 Decision

On October 24, 2011, Environment Canada (EC) released the first independent review of a decision to declare a chemical substance toxic and add it to the List of Toxic Substances maintained pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). Once added to that list, the government is required to develop risk management tools for the
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Canada: New Regulations for the Coal-Fired Electricity Sector

Sep 18th, 2011 | By
Canada: New Regulations for the Coal-Fired Electricity Sector

From Environment Canada. Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent announced in August that the Canadian government is moving forward with regulations for the coal-fired electricity sector. “Our strategy to lower our emissions is based on making improvements sector by sector to sustain our economy and protect our environment,” said Minister Kent. “We are taking action in the
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Canada’s Election: The Impact on Canada’s Environmental Policy

May 15th, 2011 | By
Canada’s Election: The Impact on Canada’s Environmental Policy

The surprising thing about Canada’s May 2, 2011 federal election is not so much that the Canadian electorate returned a majority at last for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government but that it deserted the Liberal Party in droves to catapult the National Democratic Party (NDP) into second position, making the NDP Canada’s official opposition party for the first time in its history. Politically polarized to the right and to the left, the Conservatives and the NDP are also at odds in their approach to the environment […]



Canada: New Clean Energy Programs in Ontario

Feb 4th, 2011 | By
Canada: New Clean Energy Programs in Ontario

The Ontario Power Authority is developing two new Clean Energy Standard Offer Programs, one for natural gas-fired combined heat and power (CHPSOP), the other for energy recovery (ERSOP) from by-products fuel and under utilized energy resources. These programs potentially offer exciting opportunities for Ontario’s industries. Consultation will be carried out over the next couple of months.
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Canada: Ontario Feed-In Tariff for Micro-fit Generation

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By
Canada: Ontario Feed-In Tariff for Micro-fit Generation

The Ontario Power Authority is introducing a new Feed-In Tariff for commercial aggregators, called the CFIT (commercial feed-in-tariff) Program. The program is intended for micro-fit generation projects where the proponent has multiple projects, is not eligible for the microFIT program or needs to give its lender step in rights. The proposed price is 71.3 cents/kWh)
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