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Trash Talk: The Provincial Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario

In 2016, the Ontario Legislature enacted the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act. The overall intent of the Act is to divert more waste materials from disposal, and to ensure that diverted materials are reintegrated into the economy in order to reduce the use of raw resources.

Guest Blog: Phase-in of Ontario's neonic regulation hits new milestone

First report on neonic-treated seed sales measures widespread use

Looking for information about Canadian pesticide use and sales is frustrating. But in a leap forward for transparency, Ontario has published its first report on sales of corn and soybean seed treated with neonicotinoid insecticides ("neonics"), as required by the recently-amended provincial pesticide regulation.

Ontario’s Coal Plant Phase-out Produced Many Health and Environmental Benefits

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Source Water Protection 2.0: Strengthening Ontario’s Drinking Water Safety Net

In May 2000, seven people died, and thousands of people fell seriously ill, after bacteriological contamination of a municipal well that supplied drinking water in Walkerton, Ontario.

Sunny Ways for EAs? The 2017 Forecast for Federal Law Reform

In mid-2016, the Government of Canada established a four-member Expert Panel to undertake cross-country consultations and to provide recommendations on how to fix the broken federal environmental assessment (EA) process.

CELA Applauds Report by Ontario’s Auditor General On EA Reform

Ontario’s Auditor General has recently released her 2016 report, which deals with climate change, environmental approvals reform, and other key challenges facing the provincial government.

Challenging all MPs whose ridings have high radon levels – support a radon tax credit!

Over 600,000 homes across Canada are estimated to have above-guideline radon levels. That’s a lot of houses where lung cancer risk is elevated. It turns out many of those homes are in the ridings of 93 Members of Parliament with sixteen of those ridings of particular concern. But the elevated risk is nation-wide.

Guest Blog: Too much power? Then why keep Pickering running?

Citing a surplus of power, the Wynne government pulled the plug Tuesday on its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process for acquiring wind and solar power at highly competitive prices.

But what the Minister of Energy didn’t mention was that the reason we have a glut of power is the government’s insistence on keeping high-cost nuclear plants running despite plenty of better options.

Time to Get Serious about EA Reform in Ontario

While the Government of Canada’s review of federal environmental assessment (EA) legislation is well underway, the Ontario government has not announced or commenced a comprehensive public review of its own problematic EA regime.

Ontario Should Commit to Spending Cap and Trade Revenue on Low-income Ontarians

CELA challenges Ontario to follow California's example and legislate that 35% of cap and trade revenue be invested in low-income and vulnerable communities.

Federal EA Reform at the Cross-Roads

In recent weeks, the Government of Canada has ramped up the long-awaited public review of federal environmental assessment (EA) processes.

Destabilizing Tenancy Rights Is Not the Solution to Ontario’s Housing Shortage

This article was first published on Huffington Post and has been reposted with the author’s permission. For more information on CELA's involvement in this issue, please visit our RentSafe page.

LEDs vs CFLs - Missed Opportunity by Hydro One to Limit Mercury Exposure

As a Hydro One customer, last week I received a snappy little brochure with my electric bill extolling the virtues of LEDs. Light it Right – Your whole-home guide to LED bulbs is a great source of information. Going room by room I learned about lumens vs watts and how to tailor and optimize my choices from the wide range of highly energy efficient LED lighting options available.

Ontario’s Review of the EBR: Why it Matters to You

                                                                                                             

Canada's main environmental law isn't working

Originally published in The Toronto Star, July 29, 2016

Emissions of some of the most harmful chemicals are on the rise in Canada. We need to update the federal law that’s supposed to curb them.

For the first time in a decade a committee of Parliament is examining how the nation’s primary environmental law, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), is working. What we are learning about CEPA is not good news.

Ottawa River’s Best Kept Secret

I visited the beautiful waterfront on the Ottawa River in the town of Deep River last week, following site tours at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories and Rolphton. A sign at the waterside park says it is Ontario’s “best kept secret” and it’s all too true .

The Ontario Climate Change Action Plan

The government of Ontario released its Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) this week which outlines the province’s approach to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fighting climate change for the next four years. The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) and the Canadian Environmental Association (CELA) are pleased that the CCAP includes actions that would support low-income households and vulnerable communities during Ontario’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

$900 Million from Ontario's Cap and Trade Program to Help with Energy Retrofits and Energy Efficiency

While Ontario will not begin auctioning greenhouse gas allowances under the new Cap and Trade program until 2017, the Province has committed close to $1 billion of the possible proceeds under the program to redress the burden borne by low-income households and vulnerable communities in mitigating climate change.

Getting FIT: How Ontario Became a Green Energy Leader

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We’ll always have Paris? How the Trans Pacific Partnership threatens Canada’s climate commitments

Canada’s environmental commitments can only be successful if they’re not undermined by other policies. In April of this year Canada signed the Paris Agreement, which binds us to hold the increase of average global temperature to less than 2 ºC, and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 ºC. Canada’s simultaneous commitment to signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is completely at odds with our greenhouse gas reduction goals.