GHG Emissions Reduction Target Unveiled by ProQuest

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According to Quebec Premier Jean Charest, "|i]t is a very ambitious target for the government, given that 48% of Quebec's total energy currently comes from renewable energy sources . . . With a -20% target by 2020, Quebec will have the smallest level of emissions per capita in North America".

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site didn’t exceed MOE drinking water standards for               goals similar to the target established by the European
humans. Last year, after a 15 year legal battle, Judge Seppi      Union.
ordered the province to pay Berendsen more than
$1.7 million in damages and $655,000 in legal costs, for its           According to Quebec Premier Jean Charest, ‘‘[i]t is a
negligence in both time periods. She was very critical of the     very ambitious target for the government, given that 48% of
Ministry’s experts and standards, and they returned the           Quebec’s total energy currently comes from renewable
favour.                                                           energy sources . . . With a -20% target by 2020, Quebec will
                                                                  have the smallest level of emissions per capita in North
    Unsurprisingly, the Court of Appeal has unanimously           America’’. By contrast, the federal government has pledged
overturned the award:                                             to cut carbon emissions by 20 per cent from 2006 levels by
                                                                  2020, and British Columbia pledged in 2007 to cut its GHG
        [85] I would allow Ontario’s appeal, set aside the        emissions by 33 per cent by 2020 (10 per cent under
    judgment at trial and dismiss the action. In my view,
                                                                  1990 levels).
    Ontario was not negligent when it deposited waste
    materials on the farm in the 1960s. Because the risk of
    harm was not then reasonably foreseeable, Ontario did
                                                                       To meet the target, significant investments in mass
    not breach the standard of care.                              transit will be made to encourage the increased use of
                                                                  intermodal transportation of goods, in addition to the
    Burying road waste on farms was common in the                 introduction of a GHG emission standard for light-duty
1960’s, and no one then expected it to poison drinking            vehicles and investments to encourage the use and devel-
water.                                                            opment of expertise in the electrical vehicles sector. Finally,
                                                                  the province’s targets depend upon participation in a GHG
         [86] Nor did Ontario have a duty in the 1980s or         cap-and-trade system, to be implemented in 2012 in con-
    1990s to eliminate the waste material and remediate the       junction with its partners in the Western Climate Initiative.
    Berendsens’ well water. No duty existed under the
    Ontario legislative regime protecting our environment.            According to Quebec’s Minister of Sustainable Devel-
    And Ontario was justified in not taking further action
                                                                  opment, Enviornment and Parks, ‘‘the reduction target will
    when both its investigation and investigation conducted
                                                                 
								
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