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Ontario to Join in Carbon Trading Pact

Posted by mhudema on July 18, 2008

Ontario to sign cap-and-trade climate plan

McGuinty pans Alberta plan to invest in carbon capture, storage

Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Friday, July 18, 2008

QUEBEC CITY – Ontario will join a transcontinental environmental network devoted to fighting climate change as early as today, increasing pressure on Alberta and Saskatchewan to ramp up their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In a move praised by environmentalists, Ontario will sign on to the Western Climate Initiative, joining seven U.S. states, British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. The WCI includes plans to establish North America’s first transcontinental cap-and-trade system in 2012.

One climate-change expert described the news as “an important development” in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ontario Forest Act

Posted by mhudema on July 15, 2008

Act will protect boreal forest

Jordana Huber

Victoria Times Colonist / Edmonton Journal / Regina Leader-Post / Montreal Gazette / Ottawa Citizen

TORONTO — Ontario will prohibit mining and forestry across a swath of northern boreal forest larger than the Maritime provinces, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced Monday as part of a larger plan that will also include changes to the antiquated Mining Act.

Under a framework to be developed, McGuinty said 225,000 square kilometres — roughly half of Ontario’s boreal forest — will be protected and designated strictly for tourism and traditional aboriginal use.

The other half of the unspoiled forest will be subject to forthcoming changes to the Mining Act that will mandate early consultations and accommodation of First Nations, McGuinty said.

“Emerging economies are hungry for resources and their appetites are only going to grow,” McGuinty said. “It’s just a matter of time so that gives us time to plan for that development instead of just letting that happen.”

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Ontario Protects Boreal

Posted by mhudema on July 15, 2008

Ontario vows to protect boreal forest

KAREN HOWLETT

Globe and Mail

TORONTO — The Ontario government has declared a huge swath of land in the Far North off-limits to industrial development, as part of a plan to combat climate change and preserve much of the province’s boreal forest and its endangered species.

The government has not yet drawn the boundaries for the areas to be protected. But it announced yesterday that it plans to ban mining exploration and forestry in one-half of the boreal forest, an area 1½ times the size of the Maritime provinces. About 225,000 square kilometres will be restricted to tourism and traditional aboriginal uses, such as hunting and fishing.

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Shell Cancels Tar Sands Refinery

Posted by mhudema on July 10, 2008

Shell cancels Canadian tar sands expansion

July 9, 2008

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An oil giant that planned to refine the same Canadian tar sands as BP Whiting has canceled plans for an expansion in Ontario.

Shell Canada is scrapping a proposed refinery project in Sarnia, which would have turned tar-like crude from oil sands in Alberta, Canada, into refinery-ready light oil, the company announced Tuesday.

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