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Ontario Energy Agency Could Correct Province’s Past Policy Mistakes

Posted in Climate Change, Emissions Regulation, Ontario Ministry of Environment
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The Ontario government’s proposed creation of an agency with a mandate to reduce carbon emissions by buying offsets, funding cleaner factories and buildings, and co-ordinating rooftop solar and energy conservation has been met with skepticism, particularly in light of the province’s experience with energy agencies.   However, there is also reason for optimism.  Read the whole article here.… Continue Reading

Ontario Proposes Amendments to Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulation

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In preparation for the introduction of its cap-and-trade system, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) (the “Regulation”). Currently, the Regulation requires certain facilities (as identified under the Regulation) emitting 25,000 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide equivalent (“CO2e”) per year to report and verify their emissions data.… Continue Reading

SCC Declares “When in Doubt, Report” Under the Environmental Protection Act

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The following Canadian Appeal Monitor post by Elder C. Marques may be of interest to readers of this blog:

SCC Declares “When in Doubt, Report” Under the Environmental Protection Act

In Castonguay Blasting, the Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld a broad interpretation of environmental reporting obligations under Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act. The judgment, delivered by Abella J., suggests that corporations may have environmental reporting obligations even in circumstances where they would appear not to have impacted “the environment” as that term is usually understood. Read more.Continue Reading