Sustainability

Links to environmental and sustainability topics/problems are found here - diverse websites that review environmental laws and practices, clean energy classroom initiatives, Canadian provincial and federal legislation, and Canadian case law.


West Coast Environmental Law

Link: http://www.wcel.org/

Description: This website defines itself as “British Columbia’s legal champion for the environment”.  As stated on its website, West Coast provides “citizens and organizations with the knowledge, tools and innovative solutions needed to protect our environment and build sustainability locally, nationally and internationally”. The website has links to numerous environmental issues and concerns. This is one of the leading websites on environmental legal issues in British Columbia.

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Canadian Environmental Law Association

Link: http://www.cela.ca/

Description: The Canadian Environmental Law Association (“CELA”) is a non-profit association mandated to use existing laws to protect the environment and to advocate environmental law reforms.

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Sustainability Guidelines for Local Governments, School Divisions, Universities, Colleges, and Regional Health Authorities Regulation, Manitoba Regulation 4/2004 (under the Sustainable Development Act).

 

Description: Also has a link to the Sustainable Development Act.

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Clean Energy Classrooms

Link: http://www.cleanenergyclassrooms.ca/

Description: Various links to schools and programs, government initiatives, green energy NGOs, and First Nations.

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The Green Pages. Ca – B.C.’s Environmental Information Portal

Link: http://thegreenpages.ca/portal/ca

Description: Links to various environmental issues.

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Bill 150 – An Act to enact the Green Energy Act, 2009 and to build a green economy, to repeal the Energy Conservation Leadership Act, 2006 and the Energy Efficiency Act and to amend other statutes. (Ontario legislation)

Link: http://www.ontla.on.ca/bills/bills-files/39_Parliament/Session1/b150ra.pdf

Description: Links to various environmental issues.

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Federal Sustainability Act, S.C. 2008, c. 33

Link: http://www.canlii.org/eliisa/highlight.do?text=sustainability&language=en&searchTitle=Search+all+CanLII+Databases&path=/en/ca/laws/stat/sc-2008-c-33/latest/sc-2008-c-33.html

Description: Received assent on June 26, 2008, this Act “requires the development and implementation of a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the development of goals and targets with respect to sustainable development in Canada, and to make consequential amendments to another Act”.

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B.C. Sustainable Energy Association

Link: http://www.bcsea.org/solutions/government

Description: Links to various levels of government and their initiatives (Federal, Provincial, Municipal). You can also calculate your carbon footprint!

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Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Link: http://www.willmsshier.com/default.asp

Description: An Ontario law firm that has an excellent website on current legal environmental issues.

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Bill C-16: Environmental Enforcement Act

Link: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Sites/LOP/LegislativeSummaries/Bills_ls.asp?lang=E&ls=c16&source=library_prb&Parl=40&Ses=2

Description: Bill C-16 makes a number of changes to Canada’s environmental enforcement scheme, including establishing minimum penalties and increasing maximum penalties for environmental offences; providing for different fine amounts for individuals, corporations and vessels; providing sentencing guidance to courts; and creating administrative monetary penalties for less serious environmental offences. There has been some controversy as the Bill, according to global shipowners and unions, leaves in place contentious provisions that deny maritime stakeholders of certain rights.

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The Baynes Sound Area Society For Sustainability and Janet Thomas (Petitioners) V. Comox Strathcona Regional District(Respondents)

Link: http://www.canlii.org/eliisa/highlight.do?text=sustainability&language=en&searchTitle=Search+all+CanLII+Databases&path=/en/bc/bcsc/doc/2009/2009bcsc565/2009bcsc565.html

Description: A zoning dispute regarding sustainability issues on Vancouver Island. The Petitioners applied to the Court to have two zoning bylaws declared illegal. Decision and costs awarded to the Petitioners.

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Great Lakes United and MiningWatch Canada (Applicants) V. Minister of the Enviroment(Respondents)

Link: http://www.canlii.org/eliisa/highlight.do?text=pollution&language=en&searchTitle=Search+all+CanLII+Databases&path=/en/ca/fct/doc/2009/2009fc408/2009fc408.html

Description: The Applicants are seeking a declaration that the Minister has erred in interpreting Canadian Environmental Protection Act (“CEPA”) by not providing such pollutant release information and data from mining facilities of releases of tailings and waste rock disposal areas for the 2006 reporting year and subsequent years in accordance with sections 48 and 50 of CEPA.

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Day & Ross Inc. (Applicant) V. Her Majesty the Queen(Respondents)

Link: http://www.canlii.org/eliisa/highlight.do?text=pollution&language=en&searchTitle=Search+all+CanLII+Databases&path=/en/nb/nbqb/doc/2006/2006nbqb21/2006nbqb21.html

Description: This is an appeal from a conviction of a pollution infraction as follows: “did fail to immediately report to the Minister the release of any contaminant in any place such that it may directly or indirectly result in water pollution or increased water pollution in any waters of the Province, contrary to section 11(2) of N.B. Regulation 82-126 of the Water Quality Regulation, thereby committing an offence contrary to section 33(1)(b) of the Clean Environment Act, being Chapter C-6 of the Revised Statutes of New Brunswick and amendments thereto.”

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