Environmental Law & Policy

Ontario Court of Appeal hands Doug Ford another “L” on climate change

Toronto, June 28, 2019 – In a judgement handed down today, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed the federal government has the power to step in when the province fails to effectively tackle climate change.

Following the release of the court’s decision, Ecojustice lawyer and climate program director Alan Andrews issued the following statement: Read more about Ontario Court of Appeal hands Doug Ford another “L” on climate change

Statement: Bill C-69 passes in the House

Ottawa – When House of Commons passed the Senate’s proposed amendments to Bill C-69, the federal government took an important step toward making good on its once-in-a-generation commitment to repair Canada’s broken environmental laws, says Ecojustice. Bill C-69 introduces the new Impact Assessment Act (IAA)which provides greater transparency in the environmental assessment process and more clearly-defined criteria for whether a project is in the public interest. Read more about Statement: Bill C-69 passes in the House

Federal carbon pricing backstop in Alberta is fair, effective, and will drive competitiveness

Pembina Institute reacts to federal announcement on carbon pricing backstop

EDMONTON — Duncan Kenyon, Alberta Regional Director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the federal government announcement regarding pricing pollution in Alberta:

“Because action on climate change is a shared responsibility, and no province should be exempt from acting, we are pleased the federal government is moving forward on its promise to apply carbon pricing and rebates in Alberta in response to the Government of Alberta’s decision to repeal the Climate Leadership Act.  Read more about Federal carbon pricing backstop in Alberta is fair, effective, and will drive competitiveness

A made-in-Canada climate plan can’t rely on outsourcing the solution

By Simon Dyer

Published in The Hill Times (June 5, 2019).

Any political party serious about governing in Canada and sincere about slowing climate change will put forward a climate plan designed to rapidly and significantly drive down greenhouse gas emissions here at home to improve the lives of Canadians and honour our international commitments.

What’s more, given the incredible economic opportunity that decarbonizing presents, that climate plan will be fair (by including carbon pricing that internalizes the costs of this pollutant), it will reduce emissions now (as opposed to years from now when new technologies are operationalized), and through investment in renewable energy and innovation it will position our industry as competitive in a low-carbon economy and our nation as a purveyor of the cleanest energy (yes, including cleaner oilsands exports) in the world.

Read the full Op-Ed on the Pembina Institute website

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STATEMENT: Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to kill Alberta’s carbon tax is short sighted

CALGARY, May 23, 2019 — Premier Jason Kenney tabled legislation yesterday to scrap Alberta’s carbon tax as of May 30. The legislation removes the consumer levy, as well as the tax on facilities producing less than 100,000 tonnes of carbon per year.

Barry Robinson, lawyer for Ecojustice, made the following statement: Read more about STATEMENT: Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to kill Alberta’s carbon tax is short sighted

Call for Comments:Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations (Impact Assessment Act)

Initiative: 
Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations (Impact Assessment Act)
Deadline: 
31 May 2019

From the Impact Assessment Regulations website:

The Government of Canada is committed to putting in place better rules (External link) for major projects that protect the environment, respect Indigenous rights, and strengthen our economy. Read more about Call for Comments:Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations (Impact Assessment Act)

Call for Comments: Proposed Project List (Impact Assessment Act)

Initiative: 
Discussion Paper on the Proposed Project List
Deadline: 
31 May 2019

From the Impact Assessment Regulations website:

The Government of Canada is committed to putting in place better rules (External link) for major projects that protect the environment, respect Indigenous rights, and strengthen our economy. Read more about Call for Comments: Proposed Project List (Impact Assessment Act)

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