Dianne Saxe

Blog Entries by Dianne Saxe

Anti-Wind Appeal Ends With a Whimper

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The Environmental Review Tribunal continues to grind through its list of anti-wind appeals. On December 5, it rejected an appeal against the Renewable Energy Approval for another wind farm, Pattern Energy's South Kent Wind facility, 127 turbines between Tilbury and Ridgetown. In each of the appeals, the opponents...

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Harper's "New" Environmental Policy: Muddying Old Waters

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 3:50 PM

Officially, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, has abolished most federal environmental assessment screenings, but the practical effect is less than it appears. Parks Canada, for example, has simply replaced the old Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) process with its new, non statutory, "Environmental Impact Assessment" process.

The new process...

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The Government Thinks that Environmental Assessment Takes Way Too Long

(2) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 1:24 PM

The new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), which came into effect last month, allows the federal government to create mandatory timelines for assessments of even the largest and most important projects, regardless of public opposition.

On Friday, August 3, the Canadian Environmental Assessment...

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This Budget Could Use Some Green

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 3:19 PM

Just as the Federal Budget spends $8 million to increase the burdens on charities to prove they are staying away from political activities, the oil industry is trying to get Environmental Defence's charitable registration revoked. The lobby group that calls itself Ethical Oil has launched a...

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No Spills? How Can Enbridge Be So Sure?

(26) Comments | Posted February 5, 2012 | 6:13 PM

One of the issues in the Northern Gateway pipeline hearing is the threat that oil tankers will pose in the dangerous channels and sensitive ocean environments near the proposed port, Kitimat. Enbridge soothingly predicts that major spills will be inconceivably rare:
"Under our proposed marine safety program, the probability...

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Wind Energy and Health: Is There a Problem?

(13) Comments | Posted July 30, 2011 | 10:37 AM

The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has finally released its long awaited decision on the wind turbine controversy that has generated so much concern in Ontario.

Last year, Suncor obtained approval from the Ministry of the Environment to build a large wind farm known as Kent Breeze Wind Farms in...

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