Category Archives: Canadian Law

Ontario Promotes Climate Changes Strategies through Provincial Policy Statement, 2014

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The Provincial Policy Statement (“PPS”) recently released by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing puts new emphasis on mitigating and adapting to climate change when making planning decisions. It will become effective on April 30, 2014, and replaces the Provincial Policy Statement from 2005.[1] The core issues that impact communities are the focus of the province-wide statement, which ... Read More »

OPA Released Draft FIT Program 3.0 Documents

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On September 4, 2013, the Ontario Power Authority (“OPA”) released a draft version of the new Feed-in-Tariff Program 3 (FIT 3) incorporating changes such as, a decrease in the minimum domestic content level and a reduction in the pricing schedule. It will remain open for public comment until September 20, 2013. In order to prepare for the FIT 3 application ... Read More »

Ontario to Amend FIT Domestic Content Requirements After WTO Confirms it Violates Trade Law

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Written by Summer Law Student Rebecca Hong   On May 6th, 2013, the World Trade Organization Appellate Body (WTO Appellate Body) ruled against Ontario’s feed-in tariff program (FIT program). The Appellate Body upheld the World Trade Organization’s panel ruling that the FIT program contravened Canada’s international obligations under the Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMS) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and ... Read More »

Fixing Development Charges to Help Pay for Transit: A New Blog Post with Cherise Burda of the Pembina Institute

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In a new blog post for the Pembina Institute, Travis and Pembina’s Ontario Policy Director Cherise Burda take a closer look at the development charge and its potential to fund transit and improve urban planning in the City of Toronto. The development charge, as currently implemented in most Ontario municipalities, is crudely designed. There is a strong chance that it ... Read More »

Federal Budget Largely Silent on Environment, Climate Change and Innovation

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On March 21st, 2013 the federal government released its eighth budget. This budget includes investment in Canada’s crumbling infrastructure, but does not launch new measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or support a world-class clean tech sector.  It overhauls the government’s development and trade departments, which could result in changes to Canada’s international climate change adaptation contributions. Lately the government’s ... Read More »

MPP Tabuns and Former Deputy Premier Smitherman Discuss Ontario Energy Policy and the Way to a Renewable Future

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On January 28, 2013, Travis moderated a discussion between George Smitherman and Peter Tabuns on energy policy in Ontario. The panel discussion was hosted by the Climate Change Lawyers Network on Monday evening at WeirFoulds LLP. Saba Ahmad has a great article on her website. A big thanks to WeirFoulds LLP for the generous hosting. One excerpt from Saba’s article: The ... Read More »

NRTs final report recommends transition to a low carbon economy and reiterates need for a national carbon price

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The global market for low carbon goods and services (LCGS) could grow from $339 billion (2010) to between $3.9 and $8.3 trillion per year by 2050, according to a new report released by the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT).  Framing the Future: Embracing the Low-Carbon Economy – considers how Canada needs to position itself with ... Read More »

Environment Canada: tips for Environment Minister Peter Kent to describe climate change impacts

A memo and powerpoint presentation sent to Canadian environment minister Peter Kent from Environment Canada dated March 5, 2012 contain a very interesting summary of climate change impacts in Canada. The memo states “In external discussions and speeches regarding the government of Canada’s action on climate change, it may be useful to present concrete examples of climate-change impacts occurring in ... Read More »