Bill 72, the Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act, received first reading on May 18, 2010. Once granted Royal Assent, the Act is expected to advance water treatment technology, create jobs, promote water conservation and sustain water infrastructure. In order to facilitate the success of the Act's outlined goals, the Bill also includes schedules of proposed amendments to existing legislation. The combined efforts to amend the Building Code Act, 1992; the Capital Investment Plan Act, 1993; and the Ontario Water Resources Act, 1990, should ensure considerations for water conservation through the establishment of stricter mandates.
Enviromation 556 Reaction to the proposed legislation has been mixed. amend the Building Code Act, 1992; the Capital Invest- On the one hand, Elyse Allan, President and CEO of General ment Plan Act, 1993; the Green Energy Act, 2009; and the Electric Canada, and others have applauded the province’s Ontario Water Resources Act, 1990, should ensure consid- efforts to reduce business costs by streamlining regulations erations for water conservation through the establishment and harmonizing them with other jurisdictions, where pos- of stricter mandates; the assignment of water efficiency sible. On the other hand, three leading environmental targets for inefficient appliances and products; and the groups — the Canadian Environmental Law Association, the financing of technologies for the treatment and manage- Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, and ment of water. Ecojustice — have condemned the proposed Act, stating that Ontarians would lose fundamental legal rights estab- lished under the Environmental Bill of Rights by removing the opportunity for public notice and comment for certain industrial activities subject to the new environmental Quebec approvals process, and leaving citizens without the right to seek leave to appeal approval of these activities to the Legislation to Broaden GHG Reporting Environmental Review Tribunal. Requirements Proposed Quebec has made available for 60-day public consul- tation, amendments to the Regulation Respecting Building Excellence in the Business of Mandatory Reporting of Certain Emissions of Contami- Water nants into the Atmosphere, which seek to harmonize that regulation with policies that have been adopted by the This article was written by Dianne Saxe, of Dianne members of the Western Climate Initiative. Saxe Professional Corporation, Barristers and Solicitors. Reprinted with permission from the Saxe EnviroNews blog The proposed amendments, announced on June 2, at http://envirolaw.ca. © Dianne Saxe, Ph.D. in Law, Certi- would lower the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fied Specialist in Environmental Law. reporting threshold from 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year to 10,000 tonnes or more, and would Bill 72, the Water Opportunities and Water Conserva- prescribe the methods to be
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