Category Archives: Environmental Approvals

Supreme Court of Canada upholds Ontario’s right to license forestry operations on treaty lands

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the right of the province of Ontario to license forestry operations on Treaty 3 lands, without the approval of the federal government. In so doing, the court refused an appeal by Grassy Narrows … Continue reading

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Ontario, First Nations to Work Together on Ring of Fire

March 26, 2014 The Province of Ontario and nine Matawa-member First Nations signed a framework agreement today for a community-based regional approach to development in the Ring of Fire. The agreement is intended to ensure that First Nations and Ontario can … Continue reading

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Joint Review Panel recommends approving the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

CALGARY ― In a decision that is bound to inflame passions, the Joint Review Panel (the Panel) for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project today recommended that the federal government approve the project, subject to 209 required conditions.  The Panel’s … Continue reading

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February 2013 – Manning Environmental Law Speaking Engagements

February 7, 2013 – Paul Manning is a panelist on Major Projects and the Duty to Consult in the Aboriginal Law session of the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2013. The Institute  takes place at Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre, 2 Harbour Square, … Continue reading

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December 6, 2012 – Paul Manning to Speak at Insight’s 6th Aboriginal Energy Forum

Paul Manning, principal at Manning Environmental Law, and Margaret Buist, Director General, Lands and Environmental Management, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, will speak at Insight’s 6th Annual Aboriginal Energy Forum on 6th December, 2012. In their session Implications of Amendments to the Environmental Assessment … Continue reading

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November 22, 2012 – Canada Continues Rollback of Environmental Regulation

In our posts dated June 27, 2012 and July 12, 2012, we discussed the impact of Canada’s federal omnibus budget implementation bill, Bill C-38, on environmental regulatory protection and Aboriginal environmental rights. This post brings the story up to date … Continue reading

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September 24, 2012 – BC Court of Appeal confirms municipalities’ exemption from constitutional duty to consult Aboriginal peoples.

British Columbia’s Court of Appeal has endorsed a significant loophole in the constitutional duty to consult Aboriginal peoples by confirming that the grant of powers to municipalities by provinces does not automatically carry with it the power and duty to consult. … Continue reading

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July 12, 2012 – What does Canada’s federal budget mean for Aboriginal environmental rights?

In our post dated June 27, 2012: Canada’s Federal Budget: Sensible Streamlining or Unwarranted Removal of Environmental Protection we discuss the implications of the recent federal budget bill for environmental protection in Canada. Aboriginal groups are among several who have … Continue reading

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May 18, 2012 – Ontario Sets New Rules for Geothermal Drilling

Ontario is strengthening the regulation of vertical closed loop drilling for geothermal energy systems, with new rules that take effect immediately. The province is requiring geothermal installers to: Obtain provincial approval for vertical closed loop geothermal systems Consult with a … Continue reading

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March 22, 2012 – First Review of Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff Program Slashes Cash for Wind and Solar

Ontario’s government announced today that it will implement all of the recommendations of the first review of its Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program (Review) As widely anticipated, there are  substantial reductions in the FIT rates payable for solar and wind-powered renewable energy … Continue reading

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