Category Archives: Climate Change

Supreme Court of Canada declares Trudeau’s Carbon Pricing Plan Constitutional

In 2018, Parliament enacted the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, S.C. 2018, c. 12, s. 186  (“GGPPA ”). Parliament passed the GGPPA based on an international consensus that greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global climate change. Countries around the world committed to drastically reduce … Continue reading

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Government of Canada introduces bill to legislate net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Yesterday, the Canadian Government introduced legislation, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, to achieve Canada’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Act will do the following: Legally bind the Government to a process to achieve net-zero emissions … Continue reading

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It is the time for nature: World Environment Day 2020

In celebration of Environment Day 2020 on June 5, we publish here in full the speech given by Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme “World Environment Day is a day of … Continue reading

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Coronavirus could trigger biggest fall in carbon emissions since World War Two

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Carbon dioxide emissions could fall by the largest amount since World War Two this year as the coronavirus outbreak brings economies to a virtual standstill, according to the chair of a network of scientists providing benchmark emissions … Continue reading

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Paul Manning named as a Global Leader in Environmental Law and in Climate Change Law: Who’s Who Legal 2019

I am very pleased to have been named again by Who’s Who Legal: 2019 as a global leader both in Environmental Law and Climate Change Law . Who’s Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in business  law since … Continue reading

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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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CSA Issues Guidance On Reporting Climate Change Risks

Securities legislation in Canada requires reporting issuers – broadly, corporations that issue securities to the public – to disclose the material risks affecting their business and, where practicable, the financial impacts of such risks. Although climate change-related risks are expected … Continue reading

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Ontario takes its carbon tax challenge to the Supreme Court

In our article “Federal Carbon Tax Is Legal” published on June 30, 2019, we reported that the Ontario Court of Appeal had upheld the federal government of Canada’s constitutional right to impose a nationwide price on carbon emissions. As anticipated, … Continue reading

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Federal Carbon Tax Is Legal: Ontario Court of Appeal

On Friday June 28, 2019, Ontario’s Court of Appeal released its decision upholding the federal government of Canada’s constitutional right to impose a nationwide price on carbon emissions. The Ontario provincial government, which brought the challenge, will seek leave to … Continue reading

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