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 ...

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 ...

PROPOSED CHANGES TO B.C.’S SITE PROFILE SYSTEM ADDRESS PERCEIVED GAPS AND WEAKNESSES IN THE PROCESS

31. January 2020 0
The Ministry of Environment’s (“MOE”) site profile system is a process to screen for potentially contaminated sites. Through this system, the MOE and certain municipalities coordinate their respective functions to identify and address environmental risk. The changes set to take effect in 2021 are designed to address perceived gaps and weaknesses in the process. Current ...

It Happened Again: Richard Bereti and Una Radoja’s Environmental Commentary book referred to in another recent B.C. Supreme Court Decision

In the 2018 decision of Foster v. Tundra Turbos Inc., 2018 BCSC 563, Warren J., the Court once again cited Richard and Una’s book on B.C.’s environmental management legislation as an authoritative source and held at paragraph 21: “[21] Liability under the E.M.A. is based on the “polluter-pays principle” that those who cause contamination should ...