July 2018 Bulletin

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News & Activities

CELA challenges termination of Ontario’s Cap-and-Trade Program


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In early July, the newly elected Ontario government passed a regulation that effectively ends Ontario’s cap-and-trade program under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, 2016. In response, CELA filed an Application under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) requesting that the regulation be reviewed and revoked since it was not posted on the Registry for public notice and comment, contrary to Part II of the EBR.

Upcoming Events


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August 2: Learn about your environmental rights in Thunder Bay

On August 2, CELA will be providing a free session on environmental issues in Thunder Bay and the ways residents can get involved in local environmental decision-making.

August 9: Learn about your environmental rights in Timmins

In conjunction with the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed, CELA will be providing a free session in Timmins, Ontario, on the ways local residents can get involved in environmental decision-making on August 9.


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On the CELA Blog

Climate change: How do we move forward in Ontario?

Climate change action is needed in Ontario. But where to start? In this blog post, CELA executive director Theresa McClenaghan outlines the importance of combatting global warming and follows up with three additional posts about specific actions that could be taken at the federalprovincial, and local levels.

Control of toxic substances at the crossroads in Canada

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act has been an important piece of legislation since it was enacted in the 1970s. But it is in need of an overhaul, and the federal government appears to be procrastinating on making much-needed reforms, explains CELA counsel Joe Castrilli in this blog post.

Time to beef up toxics reduction measures

Ontario’s Bill 167, the Toxics Reduction Act, was introduced in the legislature in 2009 with much fanfare. It was hailed by the province’s then environment minister as capable of making the environment cleaner, safer and healthier. But has it fulfilled its promise? CELA counsel Joe Castrilli weighs in.

Canada’s Impact Assessment Act: Myth vs. fact

Canada’s Impact Assessment Act will repeal and replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, which currently establishes environmental assessment process for certain types of projects within federal jurisdiction. CELA Counsel Rick Lindgren explores the myths vs. facts behind this proposed legislation.