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First Phase of Water Sustainability Act Comes into Force

Posted in Water
British Columbia

The British Columbia Government has finally brought into effect portions of the long awaited Water Sustainability Act (WSA). The WSA, which was passed by the British Columbia Legislature in April 2014, came into effect on February 29, 2016. The WSA replaces many parts of the old Water Act and creates a new regulatory regime for water management within British Columbia.

The Province is taking a phased approach to the enactment of the WSA. While the majority of the WSA came into effect at the end of February, Section 18, which provides for quick licensing procedures, has yet to be brought … Continue Reading

BC Government Invites Comments on Proposed Water Sustainability Act Policies

Posted in Water
British Columbia

With British Columbia’s (BC) new Water Sustainability Act (WSA) expected to come into force in early 2016, the provincial government is in the process of designing the regulations and operational policies that will support the implementation of the WSA. As part of the BC government’s phased approach to implementation, it recently released four papers outlining proposed new policies which are expected to be incorporated into new WSA regulations. The papers are now available on the WSA blog for public comment until September 8, 2015.… Continue Reading

A Bridge Over Deregulated Waters: The New Navigation Protection Act

Posted in Policy, Water

The following post by Jordanna CytrynbaumMiriam Isman and Patrick Beechinor on our Real Property blog (The Lay of the Land) explaining amendments to the Federal Navigation Protection Act may be of interest to readers of this blog: A Bridge Over Deregulated Waters: The New Navigation Protection Act

On April 1, 2014, the Federal Navigation Protection Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. N-22 (the “New Act”) came into force, replacing the Navigable Waters Protection Act (the “Old Act”) and making notable changes to Canada’s regulation of waterways.  The legislative objective is to enable municipal authorities to … Continue Reading

Court Gives Deference to OGC’s Water Act Approval Policy

Posted in British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, Fossil Fuel, Natural Gas, Water
British Columbia

On October 10, 2014, the British Columbia Supreme Court (“Court”) issued reasons in Western Canada Wilderness Committee v. British Columbia (Oil and Gas Commission), 2014 BCSC 1919.  In this case, the petitioners, Western Canada Wilderness and Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation (together, the “Petitioners”), brought a judicial review application against the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (“OGC”).

At issue was the proper interpretation of the Water Act as it relates to the granting by the OGC to the oil and gas industry of short-term water use approvals under s. 8 (“… Continue Reading

BC Government Releases Draft “Water Sustainability Act”

Posted in BC Hydro, Hydroelectric, Water
British Columbia

On March 11, 2014, the BC government introduced the Water Sustainability Act into the Legislature for first reading as Bill 18 (Bill).  If passed, the Water Sustainability Act will replace and modernize BC’s century-old Water Act.

As noted in our prior blog post, the introduction of formal legislation is the culmination of over four years of consultations and follows on the heels of a detailed legislative proposal (Legislative Proposal) on the statute released by the government on October 18, 2013.  … Continue Reading

Minister Bennett Addresses Opening of Clean Energy BC Conference

Confirms Resubmitted IRP Will Contain "Clean Energy Strategy"

Posted in BC Hydro, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Independent Producers, Natural Gas, Policy, Power, Regulation, Water
British Columbia

British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett addressed the province’s independent power producers at the opening of Clean Energy BC’s annual conference in Vancouver on October 28, 2013. While confirming that there are currently no plans for a power call in the province, Minister Bennett acknowledged that his ministerial mandate specifically contemplates working with the clean energy sector to ensure that there remain significant opportunities for renewable energy companies to provide power to British Columbia, and made a number of observations, including:

  • policymaking continues to occur in a fluid and dynamic economic environment;
  • electricity rates will need to
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BC Government’s Proposed “Water Sustainability Act” May Provide Certainty for Hydro Power Projects

Posted in BC Hydro, Hydroelectric, Water
British Columbia

On Friday, October 18, 2013, the BC government released its legislative proposal for a new Water Sustainability Act.  The proposed legislation is intended to update and replace the existing Water Act and comprehensively modernize provincial water laws.  The current Water Act is commonly criticized for failing to regulate groundwater usage and provide adequate protections for water security, stream health and aquatic environments.… Continue Reading

Toronto Approves Innovative Energy Efficiency Pilot Program Utilizing “Local Improvement Charges”

Toronto Forges Ahead – “Local Improvement Charges” Offer a New & Promising Financing Mechanism to Encourage Energy Retrofits

Posted in Community Projects, Conservation, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Natural Gas, Projects, Water

Since then-Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Kathleen Wynne authorized municipalities to use Local Improvement Charges (LICs) to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects last November, industry watchers have been waiting to see whether Toronto would take advantage of the opportunity.

Last week, they did: Toronto City Council unanimously approved its first pilot energy and water efficiency program. The three-year, $20 million pilot launching in late 2013 will include 1,000 single-family homes and 10 multi-residential buildings. It will permit participating property owners to undertake natural gas, electricity and water efficiency and conservation measures, with the City … Continue Reading