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New Ontario Government To Restore Municipal Rights To Oppose Renewable Energy Projects
Three months after taking power, Ontario's new government introduced legislation to restore the rights of local municipalities to control the development of new renewable energy projects (such as wind and solar generation) within their jurisdiction.
Canada
26 Sep 2018
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Ontario Court Overturns Quarry Licence Due To Government Failure To Adequately Consult First Nations
The Ontario Divisional Court (Court) has set aside a quarry licence issued to a private company on the basis that the Ontario government failed to fulfil its constitutional obligation to consult with local First Nations...
Canada
21 Jul 2017
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Cannabis, Commercial Real Estate And The Environment — Things To Consider Before You Get Into The Weeds
Cannabis legalization has been in the spotlight since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put the issue on the agenda as part of his 2015 campaign.
Canada
16 Jun 2017
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Species At Risk Putting Wind Projects At Risk
Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has allowed another wind project Renewable Energy Approval (REA) appeal on the basis of environmental concerns.
Canada
17 Mar 2016
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Canadian Government To Ban Microbeads In Personal Care Products
The Canadian government has published a proposed Order to add plastic microbeads to the Toxic Substances List and has announced it is developing regulations to ban their use.
Canada
25 Aug 2015
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Ontario To Adopt Cap-And-Trade System, Joining Quebec And California Carbon Market
The Ontario government has signed an agreement with Quebec to create a joint cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Canada
17 Apr 2015
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Liability Of Directors And Officers For Environmental Remediation: No Longer Just Theoretical
Directors and officers have long since been subject to potential liability for environmental remediation under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act (EPA).
Canada
5 Nov 2013
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Ontario Court Of Appeal Upholds Environmental Remediation Order Against Innocent Landowners
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that innocent landowners can be subject to remediation orders even if they are not responsible for the contamination.
Canada
16 May 2013
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Court Overturns C$36-Million Damages Award in Environmental Class Action
In a unanimous judgment, the Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a decision which had awarded members of an environmental class action C$36-million against Inco Limited (now Vale) for contamination arising from authorized historic industrial activity.
Canada
14 Oct 2011
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Federal Proposal To Boost Environmental Penalties And Enforcement Tools
Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice introduced new legislation to the House of Commons last week directed at enhancing enforcement tools against polluters and increasing the range and severity of consequences for environmental offenders.
Canada
11 Mar 2009
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Developments In The Chemicals Management Plan
The federal government recently made several announcements about substances under the discussed previously in our January 2007 Blakes Bulletin on Environmental Law: Canada’s New Chemicals Management Plan.
Canada
7 Jul 2008
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New Ontario Environmental Penalties Brought Into Force
Ontario has finalized regulations bringing into force new civil penalties under its environmental legislation effective August 1, 2007. The regulations, authorized under the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act, introduce a severe penalty regime initially targeting certain major industries.
Canada
 
9 Jul 2007
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Courts Give Further Direction On Due Diligence
Two recent Court of Appeal decisions, one in Ontario and one in B.C., provide considerable direction on the establishment of a due diligence defence in the context of environmental offences. R. v. Petro-Canada was released on January 29, 2003. It follows on the heels of R. v. MacMillan Bloedel, a 2002 B.C. Court of Appeal decision covering related ground.
Canada
16 Mar 2004
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