CEPA is Amended: The Right to a Healthy Environment and Tougher Chemical Management

Posted by on Jul 7, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection Act for a Healthier Canada Act, has received Royal Assent.  This Bill amends the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). The amendments update the Canadian law (established in 1999) in two significant ways.  First, it recognizes that all Canadians have a right to a healthy environment and second, it amends the assessment of toxic chemicals. Right to a Healthy Environment Similar to some provincial legislation such as...

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Regulatory Challenges to Green Energy and the Global Cost of Green Energy

Posted by on Jun 22, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

In a letter titled, “Canada’s future is unbuilt,” a somewhat unusual coalition of business, Indigenous, labour, environmental, and policy groups expressed concern about the regulatory climate in Canada. The letter begins by acknowledging the federal government’s “ambitious targets” for emissions reduction by 2030 and the goal to be net zero by 2050. They state, “The reality is that to meet these targets, we need to invest in technology and infrastructure at a scale and pace...

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Class of PFAS to be listed as Toxic Substances

Posted by on Jun 6, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

As information and data continue to develop regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), regulations are beginning to take shape.  Recent reports by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Canada Health are making it clear that PFAS are found throughout the country and pose potential human health and environmental risk. As a result of this report, PFAS appear to be headed to the list of Toxic Substances, Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act...

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Environmental Justice Legislation

Posted by on May 30, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

Legislation to enact Environmental Justice is moving forward.  The concept of Environmental Justice or “EJ,” has been gaining momentum for several years. EJ in the United States Over the past two years, our neighbours in the United States have heavily integrated EJ into nearly every federal government agency.  In the US, EJ originated in a 1994 Executive Order under President, Bill Clinton. Bill C-226 – Environmental Justice EJ is being advanced in Bill C-226, “An Act...

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PFOS Still Detected and Update on Litigation over Plastics Ban

Posted by on May 9, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) said that perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is still leaching from the Hamilton International Airport Property above the threshold numbers.  PFOS is one of the thousands of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have been found around the world that pose potential harm to human health and environment. PFOS at Hamilton Airport Health Canada states that the maximum acceptable concentration for PFOS...

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