Category Archives: Air Quality

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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Preparing Remote First Nation Communities for Grid Connection

We are pleased to note that Ontario has launched the Remote Electrification Readiness Program  to help prepare remote diesel-dependent First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario for future connection to the province’s electricity grid. The deadline to apply is November 14, 2014. As … Continue reading

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Obama’s game changer puts climate change regulation back on the international agenda

In a move that will not only regulate US climate change emissions but will also provide bargaining leverage in international talks, President Obama placed climate change regulation back on the international agenda when he announced the Clean Power Plan proposal, released … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Canada upholds Castonguay’s conviction for not reporting discharge of fly-rock from blast

Expulsion of fly-rock from a blast was a “discharge” of  a  “contaminant” out of the normal course of events that  should have been reported to  the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) under section 15 of Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act (Act). “Impairment of the … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Obama follows through with tough new regulations for coal-fired generation

Amid concerns from the US coal industry that the cost of implementing carbon capture technology will render new coal-fired generation plants uneconomic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed yesterday Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new … Continue reading

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April 24, 2013 – Ontario’s 41st Annual Air Quality Report Shows Improvement

Ontario has released its annual air quality report for 2011. The report shows that levels of many air pollutants have dropped across the province and Ontario’s air quality continues to improve. The Government is quick, but only right in part, … Continue reading

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