Category Archives: Newflash

Investors Seeking Standards for Corporate Sustainability Reporting


On March 26, 2014, Ceres released and opened for comments its “Investor Listing Standards Proposal: Recommendations for Stock Exchange Requirements on Corporate Sustainability Reporting” (the “Proposal”), a proposal by institutional investors to stock exchanges to establish key elements of a minimum global standard for corporate sustainability reporting. The Proposal listed three items that investors would like issuing companies to disclose: ... Read More »

World Bank Chief Outlines Need for Investor-Driven Change

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

In a speech at the recent World Economic Forum the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim. He speaks about the need to price carbon and come up with government policy to support action on climate change. Of particular interest is his emphasis on the capacity and need for investor-driven change:   Financial regulators need to lead, as well.  Sooner ... Read More »

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

gore and wynne

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 »

Industry and ENGOs Urge Carbon Pricing in Ontario: An Open Letter to the Ontario Government


  On June 5th the Cement Association of Canada, representatives of the clean technology and carbon market industries, and non-governmental organizations released a joint letter in support of a carbon pricing system in Ontario to spark innovation in the economy and see progress for climate change. Ten signatories representing these diverse sectors have jointly urged the provincial government to take ... Read More »

Travis to speak at ICLEI Liveable Cities Forum 2012 in Hamilton


ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) is hosting its annual Liveable Cities Forum 2012 in Hamilton, Ontario from November 29-30th. Travis will be discussing the business case for climate adaptation with a focus on municipalities. You can register on the ICLEI website here. Panel Summary: A4 – Making the Municipal Business Case  Introduction to Business 101 teaches us of the importance ... 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 »

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 »

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 »