Category Archives: Notice

Changes to Ontario Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulation

The Ontario Government is seeking comments on various suggested changes to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation. The aim of the changes is to simplify greenhouse gas emission reporting in Ontario. Diane Saxe (here) has summarized some of the changes as including:

  • changes to the Global Warming Potential (GWP) values to adopt internationally-accepted values
  • clarification on verification statements
  • clarification on temporary and partial closures
  • changes to the guideline to remain consistent with requirements in other provinces
  • streamline director approvals in the guideline

The Ontario government has provided a blackline draft of the changes, here. The comment period closes on January 19, 2015.

James Early

Happy New Year…

…and all the best for a happy and healthy 2015.

2014 has been the most busy, satisfying and rewarding year to date. It was marked by personal achievements, festive celebrations and a well-earned lengthy break from work to the Galapagos Islands, and the beautiful city of Quito, Ecuador.

Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to learn a little about recent environmental law developments through this site, for your support, and for your ongoing interest in the protection of our environment.

From my family to you and your loved ones, enjoy the New Years celebrations, and I look forward to our continued contact into 2015.

James Early

Public Feedback Requested on near-Urban Energy Development in Alberta

According to a media release from June 16, 2014, the Government of Alberta is inviting Albertans to provide input on issues relating to energy development in urban areas through an online forum.

The online feedback form is available until July 15 and will be supplemented by discussions with local stakeholders in Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Calgary, and Lethbridge between June 16 – 24.

The Province has not yet made any decision with respect to the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan and how the SS region’s land use might be governed over the coming years, but already it appears that continued development of energy close to urban centres in on the cards.

There are concerns about the draft SSRP and its failure to properly protect the environment in which we live. This energy development consultation provides Albertans yet another chance to voice their thoughts and concerns over Alberta’s environmental policy.

By James Early

Municipal Government Act Public Feedback Deadlines

As I posted last month, the Government of Alberta is conducting a review of the Municipal Government Act (“MGA”).

Albertans are able to provide their input by way or workbook, until April 30, 2014, or by email submissions to: mga.review@gov.ab.ca by June 13, 2014.

The province is encouraging Albertans to share feedback and ideas and what is working, what isn’t working and what sort of revisions you would like to see so that the MGA can best support building strong communities.

To get to the workbook, you can visit: mgareview.alberta.ca, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “workbook.”

By James Early

Green Transit Projects Get Green Light in Alberta

In an announcement made by the Alberta Government on April 15, 2014, Alberta municipalities were advised that they may now submit new GreenTRIP applications.

The Green Transit Incentives Program (“GreenTRIP”) is a program that financially assists municipalities with the development of sustainable public transit alternatives.

This second call for GreenTRIP funding applications means municipalities can now apply for capital grant funding to support their new or evolving public transit projects. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 30.

GreenTRIP has already led to transit projects in 15 municipalities, worth more than $1 billion, and reported $1 billion remains in the program.

GreenTRIP is designed to provide Alberta residents with a wider range of sustainable and accessible public transit alternatives for local, regional and inter-municipal travel. This second call, and the length of the application period, gives municipalities time to consider their local transit priorities and opportunities for regional collaboration. It may also allow those communities with plans in place to move ahead sooner than expected.

Municipalities can apply for GreenTRIP funding to help purchase transit vehicles and technologies, build transit terminals and expand light rail transit services. Applicants for GreenTRIP funding are required to contribute at least one-third of the capital cost of a project.

By James Early

Symposium on Flood and Drought Prevention in Alberta

Notice: Alberta is hosting a one-day symposium on April 29, 2014 to discuss progress and further improvements to prevent future floods and drought.

Alberta’s Watershed Management Symposium: Flood and Drought Mitigation will share the latest update on snowpack data and river forecasting, as well as assessments of mitigation options for Alberta’s most flood-prone river basins. Experts will also speak to the critical role natural headwaters play in flood and drought mitigation.

The Watershed Management Symposium: Flood and Drought Mitigation will be held Tuesday, April 29, at the BMO Centre in Calgary and you can register online to take part. The Symposium will be available to view online after the event.

By James Early.

Flood Mitigation In Alberta: Deadline

The Alberta Government is reminding homeowners that the deadline to apply for a flood mitigation permit is March 31, 2014. Taken from the Government’s announcement:

“The Government of Alberta would like to remind all those home and property owners living in flood fringe areas who applied to the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) for financial assistance that the deadline to apply for municipal permits for flood mitigation work is approaching.

The province recognizes that it may be difficult for 2013 flood-affected home and property owners to complete minimum mitigation measures in time for the 2014 flood season. Because of this, it is important to ensure future DRP eligibility by completing one of the following two options:

Obtain a permit by March 31, 2014, to show intent to complete minimum mitigation measures.

If obtaining a permit is not possible, submit a Notice of Intent to Mitigate to the DRP stating your plan to undertake mitigation work.

In the case of flood fringe rebuilds, including mitigation measures in a work plan will also be recognized as intent to mitigate. However, permits must still be acquired.

Flood mitigation must be undertaken by home and property owners receiving DRP funding in the flood fringe to qualify for government assistance in the event of future flooding.

Obtaining permits or submitting a Notice of Intent to Mitigate by March 31, 2014, will ensure DRP flood coverage in the event of future flooding.

Mitigation work must be completed by December 31, 2014, to be eligible for funding after that date.

If you do not have access to the forms online you can request to have a Flood Mitigation Measures and Permit Form mailed to you by calling the DRP Call Centre toll -free at 1-888-671-1111.”

For more information, you can click here to link to the Alberta Government website.

By James Early.