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Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

Quebec’s $3 billion sustainable mobility investment quebecblue_sm.jpg

On April 17, 2018, Quebec unveiled its Sustainable Mobility Policy – 2030 Transporting Québec Towards Modernity, as well as its Action Plan 2018-2023. The action plan will represent an investment of nearly $3 billion over a period of five. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 11:50 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 3:57 PM

Federal Court of Appeal quashes Trans Mountain pipeline, citing environmental, Indigenous concerns Dwight Newman, University of Saskatchewan College of Law

The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the federal government’s approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline project, saying the National Energy Board (NEB)’s review of the project was flawed and that Canada did not properly consult with Indigenous peoples who would be affected by the project. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Tesla victory in Ontario explains how Ford targeted the carmaker Tesla

In a decision released on Aug. 27, Tesla scored a significant victory over the new Ontario government. The court quashed and set aside the province’s “unlawful exercises of discretion” contained in its announced wind-down of Ontario’s subsidies program for electric vehicle purchases — a wind down from which only Tesla and its customers had been excluded. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Federal cabinet committees, ministers’ mandates rejigged; Blair to study full ban on handguns, assault weapons Justin Trudeau

As the Liberal government gears up for the federal election next year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejigged his cabinet committees and issued formal marching orders to the 10 cabinet ministers he shuffled or newly appointed last July, including border czar, Bill Blair. ... [read more]

Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

B.C. Appeal Court case has potential to bring human rights protections to corporations: lawyer

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled it does not have jurisdiction to hear an appeal of a labour arbitrator’s decision in a conflict between a union and a logging company owned by a First Nations band, and the union’s lawyer is saying the arbitrator’s ruling has the potential to lead to the application of the B.C. Human Rights Code to corporations in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

Nova Scotia’s tidal energy generation: Commercialize this Nova Scotia

Making the most of Nova Scotia’s unique geography, Nova Scotia is developing a regulated marine renewable energy industry that is the first of its kind in Canada and perhaps globally. Encouraged by increasing interest from tidal energy researchers and developers in the Bay of Fundy which not only has the world’s highest tides but is also in close proximity to potential energy markets, the provincial government in Nova Scotia has responded with pioneering legislation regulating this emerging industry. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

What happens when humans cause forest fires morefire_sm.jpg

As large swaths of British Columbia and California burn with both regions in the midst of very active fire seasons, an article in the New York Times blazed with the headline “Behind Most Wildfires, a Person and a Spark: ‘We Bring Fire With Us.’ ” ... [read more]

Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

The real causes of most forest fires, plus who is on the hook for them wildfire_sm.jpg

At writing, a large wildfire continues to burn in northeastern Ontario. Known as Parry Sound 33, the fire reportedly started July 18 on Henvey Island First Nation, located north of Parry Sound and south of the Pickerel River. Currently being “held” at more than 11,300 hectares (Aug. 16), workers familiar with the situation maintain that the fire started by wind farm construction taking place in the First Nations community. Henvey Inlet is the site of the province’s largest wind turbine project. At the time of the fire, crews were blasting rock and clearing land in preparation for the erection of dozens of wind turbines. (See original news story here.) ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

How Ontario regulates the prevention and containment of forest fires forestfire_sm.jpg

Forest fires in Northern Ontario have been cause for alarm this past month, with residents in multiple communities being forced to evacuate their homes. The Parry Sound and Sudbury Districts have been particularly affected by “Parry Sound 33,” which remained uncontrolled for over two weeks and has burned over 100 square kilometres since July 18, 2018. Parry Sound 33 is now under control but continues to span 11,362 hectares approximately five kilometres west of Highway 69. ... [read more]

Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

Legal experts mixed on chances of success for provincial challenges to federal carbon tax Alastair Lucas, University of Calgary Faculty of Law

Ottawa and a number of provinces will soon be facing off in court regarding the federal carbon tax. But experts are divided on who has the best legal leg to stand on. ... [read more]