Canadian Financial Institutions and the Paris Agreement: An Ambitious 3-Year Plan

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

I remember hearing an astrophysicist say that there are 76 quadrillion tons of biodeposits on the earth… coal, oil, natural gas, metals, etc.  I’m not sure how accurate this number is, but I’ll take his word for it. These biodeposits play a key role in human civilization and allow life to flourish.  They provide nutrients for plant growth which in turn feeds other animals.  The plants provide life-giving oxygen and use carbon dioxide that is increasingly more abundant in...

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Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, and Proposed Legislation

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

In what is being called “Investing in Jobs for Canada’s Middle Class,” sweeping regulatory changes were proposed last fall (November 2018) in Ottawa by the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau. Proposed Changes by Minister of Finance As reported on CTV News, “Delivering his speech on the fall economic statement in the House of Commons, Morneau (Minister of Finance) cited global uncertainty tied to ongoing trade disputes and spoke directly to the pressure to match U.S....

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It’s The Water, Stupid

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Former U.S. President, William Jefferson Clinton, famously coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.”  This phrase has been modified numerous times over the years, including “It’s the ecology, stupid” (Journal, Nature).  The general premise of this phrase is focus on the fundamentals.  With numerous issues involving water quality in Canada, as well as globally, it may be more appropriate to say that our (environmental) focus should be more narrow – our water. In fact,...

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The MECP Issues Their Environmental Protection Plans

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

According to Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), the “Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generation, A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan,” is a “…clean break from the status quo.” According to Mr. Phillips, “We understand the pressure Ontarians feel with rising costs of living as well as skyrocketing energy costs that have hurt our economy and our competitiveness.  They are understandably frustrated to see their...

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Off-Site Contamination: Are you responsible for the cleanup?

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Who pays for the assessment and remediation of contamination in Ontario, especially when that contamination has migrated off site?  If you said it’s the responsible party, you are only partly right. Who pays and how to best protect yourself and your company has been a subject we have discussed several times in the past (see these blogs on environmental liability issues). Whether the responsible party, the existing owner, or tenants at the property pay (for example when...

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