Category Archives: Air Quality

Volkswagen ordered to pay largest environmental penalty in Canada’s history

Volkswagen AG was ordered to pay an unprecedented $196.5 million fine in the Ontario Court of Justice  on January 22 after pleading guilty to 60 charges for offences under federal environmental legislation. Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to 58 counts of … Continue reading

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Ontario aerosol manufacturer fined for violating Environmental Emergency Regulations

As of August 24, 2019, the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 replaced the existing Environmental Emergency Regulations., which require industry to take steps to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the accidental release of harmful chemicals. The Regulations require that any person who owns, … Continue reading

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Ontario Government releases its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan

The Ford government has released its new environment plan “Preserving and Protecting Our Environment: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan”. The plan has been placed for public comment on Ontario’s Environment Registry until January 28, 2019. To access the posting please click … Continue reading

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OECD: Canada needs to speed up efforts to green its energy and transport sectors

The OECD released its third Environmental Performance Review of Canada yesterday,  According to that report, a reaffirmed commitment to fighting climate change has set Canada on a greener course, but the country needs to quickly implement planned measures to reduce the carbon … Continue reading

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NEB recommends conditional approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Amid a flurry of protest from environmentalists and First Nations, the National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that Canada’s  Governor in Council approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project), subject to 157 conditions. Controversial aspects of the recommendation include the Board’s … Continue reading

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Ontario Launches Investigation Into Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada

Ontario has announced that it is investigating the  action by Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada to sell cars to its dealers and consumers with software to bypass the vehicle’s emissions control for possible violations under the Environmental Protection Act, which prohibits the … Continue reading

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Environmental Commissioner: Gap Looms in Ontario’s Fight Against Climate Change

On the eve of the Climate Summit of the Americas, Ontario’s acting Environmental Commissioner, Ellen Schwartzel has released “Feeling the Heat: 2015 Annual Greenhouse Gas Progress Report”, the latest in the Commissioner’s annual reports on climate change. While the Commissioner praises … Continue reading

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Top Global Climate Change Leaders Coming to Ontario’s Climate Change Summit of the Americas

Climate leaders from across the Americas will join Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard at Ontario’s Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto from July 7-9, 2015. Government leaders representing regions across the Americas, including Brazil, Mexico, the … Continue reading

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Ontario to Introduce a Cap and Trade, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System

We congratulate the Ontario government on its announcement today that it will join the greenhouse gas, cap and trade emissions trading system under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), of which Ontario has been a member since 2008. Although there has … Continue reading

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US – China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation

President Obama announced yesterday a new target to cut  U.S. net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention … Continue reading

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