Category Archives: Local Action

Severe Weather Driving Insurance Industry to Raise Premiums

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On January 20, 2014, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (“IBC”), the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, car and business insurers, declared that 2013 resulted in $3.2 billion of severe weather insured loss, the highest in Canadian history.  With the expected rise of severe weather in Canada in the future, insurance providers will need to adapt to climate change ... Read More »

Climate Action is Happening Provincially: Former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore and Premier Kathleen Wynne Mark Elimination of Coal

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On November 21, 2013, Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore joined Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to celebrate Ontario’s shut down of the major coal-fire electricity generation stations in Ontario by the end of the year. The Thunder Bay Generating Station will continue to burn coal at higher-demand times and will be converted to burn biomass over the next year. The Premier ... Read More »

The ECO Report: Restoration and Preservation are a Priority in Ontario but Budget Cuts are a Cause for Concern

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Written By Alexandra Kocherga, Student-at-Law On October 10, 2013, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (the “ECO”) released the 2012/2013 Annual Report: Serving the Public (the “Report”).  The Report reviews and reports on environmentally important decisions of the Ontario government. The ECO noted a number of both positive and negative developments in the report. In sum, the Report: cited concerns over ... Read More »

Upcoming Speaking Engagements on Climate Liability

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We are pleased to have an active fall line-up of speaking engagements on climate liability. Laura will be discussing climate change and municipal liability at the Drinking Water Leadership Summit Conference, being held from October 16-17,  in Toronto, Ontario. The conference speakers will discuss and examine current issues concerning Ontario’s drinking water with a focus on the management and administration ... Read More »

Potential for Municipal Liability Associated with Extreme Weather Spurs Adaptation

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As providers of services ranging from water supply and storm water management, road maintenance and public health, municipalities are on the front lines of our collective attempt to adapt to a changing climate. Canada’s two biggest cities, Toronto and Calgary saw significant flooding after extreme weather events in the past few months: The summer of 2013 may go down in ... 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 »

Portents of a Low-Carbon Future

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Originally published in the Ontario Bar Association’s Environews Newsletter, Volume 22, No. 2 – December NRTEE Report, Emissions Trading Regimes and Recent Amendment to Local Improvement Charge Regulation Show Movement Towards  a Low-Carbon Economy By Laura Zizzo* The low-carbon economic future is now. From market projections for low-carbon goods and services to pockets of global carbon pricing and even to ... Read More »

Toronto Parks and Environment Committee Recommends City Seriously Consider Climate Adaptation

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Toronto’s Parks and Environment Committee has recommended the city ramp up efforts to understand and prepare for the effects of climate change. This came after consideration of a study commissioned to better understand the conditions that public infrastructure would be operating in over the course of it’s service life, considering increased extreme weather and changing climate (Toronto’s Future Climate: Study ... Read More »