Environmental Law & Policy

Supreme Court rules Canada's carbon pricing law is constitutional

On March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision regarding the challenges to the constitutionality of the federal government's carbon pricing system brought by the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. In its decision, the Court ruled 6-3 that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was constitutional. Read more about Supreme Court rules Canada's carbon pricing law is constitutional

Invitation for Feedback on Revisions to Directive 067

Initiative: 
Directive 067: Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals
Deadline: 
14 Feb 2021

From AER Bulletin 2021-01:

We are seeking feedback on a new edition of Directive 067: Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals. The proposed changes include requiring additional information, particularly financial information, at the time of application and throughout the life cycle to enable us to  Read more about Invitation for Feedback on Revisions to Directive 067

Coal mining development in the Rockies: A discussion as to the regulatory, economic and environmental

Feb 19 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Coal is in the news again in Alberta. And not for producing power.

Metallurgical – or steel making – coal mines are seeing a potential resurgence in Alberta. At the heart of the matter is the Alberta government’s rescindment of a longstanding policy to prohibit or restrict open pit coal mining in the Eastern Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This change has re-opened a vigorous debate as to the merits of coal mining in the province. Read more about Coal mining development in the Rockies: A discussion as to the regulatory, economic and environmental

Issue Brief: Canada's Climate Action Plan

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the federal government released its new climate action plan—A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy (PDF). The plan comes on the heels of the government's tabling of Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, and of investments in climate action in the government's Fall Economic Statement. Read more about Issue Brief: Canada's Climate Action Plan

Federal government introduces net-zero emissions bill

On November 19, Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathon Wilkinson tabled Bill C-12, An Act respecting transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050 in the House of Commons. The legislation, if passed, would require the federal government to set a series of 5-year interim emissions reduction targets beginning in 2030 progressing to the ultimate target of net-zero emissions by 2050. Read more about Federal government introduces net-zero emissions bill

Canada and Alberta reach agreement on woodland caribou conservation and recovery

On October 23, the governments of Canada and Alberta announced that they had reached an agreement for the conservation and recovery of Woodland Caribou in Alberta. The agreement follows years of pressure from First Nations and environmental groups including a 2019 lawsuit calling on the courts to compel the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to recommend a safety net order to protect boreal caribou habitat. While recognizing the agreement as a necessary first step, environmental organizations remain concerned, particularly that the timelines contained within the agreement are not fast enough to protect threatened herds.

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Achieving net-zero: How a climate accountability law will get us there

Nov 12 2020 - 12:30pm

From Ecojustice:

The climate emergency is putting the safety of Canadians at risk. Changing the course of this crisis is within our control — but it will require the federal government to take decisive action now.

Canada has missed every greenhouse gas emission target it has ever set. Without a law that holds our elected leaders accountable for reducing Canada’s emissions, we run the risk of missing our 2030 target and our goal of net-zero by 2050. Read more about Achieving net-zero: How a climate accountability law will get us there

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