Category Archives: Canadian Law

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 »

Travis to serve as featured expert for dialogue on material environmental risk and securities disclosure

On Tuesday October 16, 2012 from 8:15-10:00 a.m., SPRiNG Dialogues will be discussing public companies’ disclosure of material environmental risk in Toronto. Travis will be serving as a featured expert. Event summary: Canada’s public companies now have clear guidance that they must disclose material environmental risks and opportunities to their investors. Companies also need to be careful that statements in ... Read More »

Failure to disclose: The Materiality of Environmental Risk

Chasing The Markets

A recent decision by Vancity Investment Managements Ltd. to remove Enbridge from two SRI funds and employee pension plans suggests a growing concern over the financial influence of environmental risks. The decision to withdraw came as a result of alarm over Enbridge’s operational management and performance after a series of incidents called into question the safety of the company’s pipelines. ... Read More »

Hamilton Spectator article on development charges references Live Where You Go report, quotes Travis Allan

Development charges can have an important impact on the way we build our communities, the amount of time people spend in cars and the environment. A recent article in the Hamilton Spectator by Emma Reilly looked at development charges in the City of Hamilton. Ms. Reilly interviewed Travis for the article following the release of the Live Where You Go report, written ... Read More »

Pursuing a “Global Solution” – Canada’s Response to Climate Change on the International Stage

Article by Jessica Vaianisi, Summer Law Student   Canada’s action on climate change, both domestically and internationally, has been largely criticized. Despite its formal withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol in 2011, Canada has stated that it recognizes that “climate change is a global challenge requiring a global solution.”[1] However, Canada’s presence in recent international conferences has attempted to reiterate their ... Read More »

Zizzo Allan is pleased to release a new report: Live Where You Go

Zizzo Allan Climate Law LLP, the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Ecojustice are pleased to announce the release of a new report today entitled Live Where You Go: encouraging location-efficient development in Ontario, which is the result of year-long “Cool Communities” project run by the report’s co-authors. The report recommends 5 key tools (discussed below) to make ... Read More »

Federal Court rules Federal Government Was Allowed to Pull Out of Kyoto


In a decision released on July 17, 2012, Federal Court Justice Simon Noël held that the Federal Government’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol was not in violation of the rule of law, the principle of the separation of powers or the democratic principle. Justice Noël focused mainly on his holding that withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol did not violate the Kyoto Protocol Implementation ... Read More »

An Update On Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction in Canada


By Meghan Babin, Zizzo Allan Climate Law Summer Intern According to a recent study published in the journal Nature, Earth may be on the brink of an ecological tipping point, due in large part to the destruction of natural ecosystems, climate change and population growth.[1] Released just weeks shy of the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, ... Read More »

NRTEE Sends Climate Reality Check to Government: We’re Off Target

In its recent budget, the federal government announced that the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy (NRTEE) would be eliminated as of March 31, 2013. In spite of this unfortunate news, the NRTEE is continuing to provide independent and non-partisan advice on sustainable development issues, with its most recent report entitled Reality Check: The State of Climate Progress ... Read More »

Travis Allan to chair panel on business adaptation to climate change in Toronto June 5th

Travis Allan will be chairing a panel discussion on business adaptation to climate change and the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy’s new advisory report “Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate.”  Please see the invitation below if you would like to join us. Climate Change Lawyers Network On Tuesday, June 5th at 5:30 p.m., please ... Read More »