The Feds Get Carbon Pricing Through the High Court

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its decision in Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, where a 6-3 majority upheld the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (the “Act”) as ‘constitutional’, which means the government can enact such legislation. Based on this decision, the federal GHG emission pricing standards are here to stay, ...

Take Note – Changes Coming to BC’s Site Profile System

02. February 2021 0
Back in January 2020, we posted about the proposed changes to BC’s site profile system to address the perceived gaps and weaknesses in the current site identification process. Well the time has come – those changes are about to become reality. The amendments to the Environmental Management Act (“EMR”) and the Contaminated Sites Regulation (“CSR”) ...

The Feds’ $15-billion Climate Change Plan

13. January 2021 0
We recently posted about Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. On December 11, 2020, the federal government announced a plan that help build a foundation to achieving this goal. The $15-billion plan entitled “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy” aims to meet Canada’s climate change commitments and includes consistent increases to its ...

Net-Zero Carbon Emissions: Pipe Dream or Future Reality?

06. January 2021 0
Joining hundreds of countries around the world, Canada has declared its intention to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. In an effort to make this a reality, Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, was recently introduced into Parliament by Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister. Before we dive into the new law, let’s start ...

The importance of drafting strong and enforceable indemnities when seeking to limit a party’s potential liability for environmental risks

02. November 2020 0
On December 6, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada held two former owners of an Ontario pulp and paper mill liable for the costs of remediating and maintaining a waste disposal site located on the property. The two former owners, Resolute and Weyerhaeuser, are successors of the companies that abandoned the waste site decades prior. ...

CITY OF VANCOUVER RELEASES GREATER GUIDANCE ON GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT EXPECTATIONS FOR REZONING AND DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICANTS

13. October 2020 0
The City of Vancouver has recently released an amendment to its 2018 Groundwater Management Bulletin, which provides rezoning and development permit applicants with information on the process and submission requirements related to groundwater management at development sites throughout Vancouver. Of particular note, the submission of a hydrogeological study is required for: rezoning and subsequent development ...