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Ontario Files Top Court Challenge to Fed. Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-08-30
Reporting from Queens Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford's (C) government reports it has filed a challenge with the country's top court against the Canadian Federal government's carbon tax.

The province, Canada's most populous, argues that Ontario's Court of Appeal was wrong to find the carbon price was "constitutional and within the federal government's right to impose." Federal lawyers had argued that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- under which the carbon tax is imposed -- was a legitimate response to potentially catastrophic climate change. (Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  Doug Ford,  


Trudeau Carbon Tax Challengers Suffer a Body Blow (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-05-06
On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act "falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. It is not unconstitutional in whole or in part."

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe (C), along with the province of Ontario and New Brusnwick, had challenged the Trudeau government's carbon tax in Canada's top court Friday, after a lower court ruled it is constitutional.

Apparently still itching for a fight, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe immediately vowed to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. Oil-soaked Alberta's newly-elected Premier Jason Kenney vowed to join Moe and (Conservative) Ontario Premier Doug Ford in opposition to the fed's imposed carbon tax. (Source; CBC, National Observer, Various Media, 3 May, 2019)

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Ontario Reconfigures Energy Conservation, Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
Ontario Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-03-25
The Conservative Ontario Government of Premier Doug Ford has directed the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to discontinue the Conservation First Framework, including the Heating and Cooling Incentive (HCI) program as part of an initiative intended to "reduce costs by centralizing and refocusing energy conservation programs."

Minister also noted the IESO "will be expected to present an nergy)Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plan to the government within one month of receiving the Directive. The IESO plan would provide details on the programs, budgets and expected electricity and demand savings for the balance of 2019 and 2020. The IESO's CDM Plan is expected to include the following CDM programs, or equivalent programs, centrally delivered by the IESO:

  • Retrofit Program to provide incentives to businesses for updating old or inefficient equipment (e.g. lighting, motors and variable frequency drives);
  • Small Business Lighting providing assessments and incentives for eligible lighting upgrades;
  • Energy Manager Program to provide funding for a portion of the salary of an energy manager to help identify energy saving opportunities & investments and help secure financial incentives;
  • Process and System Upgrades incentives, tools, and resources to help identify, implement, and validate energy efficiency projects from start to finish;
  • Industrial Accelerator Program to be merged with the Process and System Upgrades program under the new framework to expand the eligibility of that program to include transmission connected consumers;
  • Energy Performance Program providing incentives to businesses for whole building energy improvements;
  • Home Assistance Program providing free home energy assessment and installation of electricity savings measures for income eligible customers;
  • Targeted programs for on-reserve First Nation communities.

    In addition to the Heating-Cooling Incentive Program, the following programs will be discontinued:

  • Business Refrigeration Incentive that provides businesses incentives for the direct installation of product refrigeration equipment upgrade;
  • Audit Funding Program funding for a portion of the cost of a facility energy audit;
  • High Performance New Construction provides design assistance and incentives for building owners and planners who design and implement energy efficient equipment within their new space;
  • Existing Building Commissioning incentives for improving the efficiency of the chilled water system, including, audit, purchase and installation of equipment;
  • Monitoring and Targeting incentives to purchase and install a monitoring and targeting system operational Incentives;
  • Instant Discounts point of purchase incentives at participating retailers for qualifying energy efficient products, including LED light bulbs, light fixtures and power bars;
  • Residential New Construction incentives to improve energy performance and install energy efficient products in new builds. (Source: Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Ontario News, HRAI, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Hon. Greg Rickford, www.mndm.gov.on.ca/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Toronto Zoo Animal Waste Biogas Project Scores $2.7Mn (Funding)
    ZooShare Biogas
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In Ontario, Toronto MP Gary Anandasangaree is reporting the Conservative Gov. of Premier Doug Ford will invest up to $2.7 million in the ZooShare Biogas Co-operative'a project to convert Toronto Zoo animal waste into biogas and agricultural fertilizer.

    The funding is earmarked for additional, new self-cleaning anaerobic digester technology that separates organic material and contaminants at ZooShare's existing biogas plant in Toronto. Zooshare's mission statement is to grow the biogas industry across North America by teaching others about the value of waste and the importance of conservation in the process. (Source: Toronto Zoo, 11 Mar., 2019) Contact: Toronto Zoo, (416) 392-5900, www.torontozoo.com/conservation/BioGas.asp. ZooShare, www.zooshare.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ZooShare Biogas,  


    Notable Quote from Ontario Premier Doug Ford
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-24
    "I'm here today to ring the warning bell that the risk of a carbon tax recession is very, very real. A carbon tax will be a total economic disaster, not only for our province (Ontario) but for our entire country Ccanada). There are already economic warning signs on the horizon." -- Ontario Premier Hon. Doug Ford (C)

    The freshman Ontario Premier, not unlike the populist US president Donald Trump, ran a campaign and was elected on promises. Premier Ford promised to cut the price of beer to $1.00 a can and to scrap the preceding Liberal govenment's carbon tax, cap-and-trade system. Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Doug Ford,  


    Ottawa Rethinks Low Carbon Leadership Fund Plans (Funding)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-11-14
    In Ottawa, Canada, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reports it plans to reinvest money allocated to Ontario as part of its Low Carbon Economy Fund in initiatives that improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, save money and create jobs across Ontario. Trudeau's move comes as a counter to the newly elected populist conservative government of Premier Doug Ford nixed his Liberal predecessor's cap-and-trade program. Details are expected at a future date.

    According to Ottawa, the Low Carbon Leadership Fund has made $1.4 billion of investment for climate action available to support provinces and territories, with a priority on energy efficiency which is expected to create 118,000 jobs by 2030, boost the GDP by $356 billion over the next 12 years and save Canadian households an average of $114 a year.

    As previously reported, Canada's largest province has a lot to lose from Premier Ford's cap-and-trade cancellation. According to the Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Premier Ford's scrapping of the cap-and-trade program will cost the province $3 billion in lost revenue over the next four fiscal years. The watch dog agency added that the loss of revenue from the cap-and-trade cancellation will be greater than the savings the government will achieve by cancelling spending associated with the program. The Conservative Ford government revised the deficit to $15 billion last month, up from a predicted $11.7 billion. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Canadian Biomass, Various Media, Nov., 2018) Contact: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Peter Weltman, (416) 644-0702, info@fao-on.org, www.fao-on.org; Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Cap-and-Trade,  


    Ontario Premier Passes Promised Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-11-02
    At Queens Park, the conservative Ontario government of freshman premier Doug Ford reports yesterday's promised passage of Bill-4, formally cancelling the province's cap-and-trade program. The government claims the move will save the average family $260 per year, and reduce costs for Ontario businesses.

    With the passage of Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, the government renewed its pledge to challenge an imposed federal carbon tax and replace it with a "made-in-Ontario" environment plan at an unspecified future date. (Source: Province of Ontario, Various Media, Canadian Biomass 1 Nov., 2018)Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  


    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-31
    "I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

    The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's opposition on the Liberal government's national carbon tax plan scheduled for imposition on 1 Jan., 2019.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  


    Ontario Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Will Cost $3Bn (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Canada's largest province by population (13.6 million) the Ontario Financial Accountability Office is reporting that the loss of revenue caused by the freshman Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford's scrapping of the Province's cap-and-trade program will cost the province $3 billion in lost revenue over the next four fiscal years.

    According to the watch dog agency, the loss of revenue from the cap-and-trade cancellation will be greater than the savings the government will achieve by cancelling spending associated with the program. The Conservative Ford government revised the deficit to $15 billion last month, up from a predicted $11.7 billion. (Source: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, CBC News, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Peter Weltman, (416) 644-0702, info@fao-on.org, www.fao-on.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Tax,  


    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-05
    "I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

    The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's position on the Liberal governments national carbon tax.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  


    Ontario Premier Ford Criticized for Scrapping of Cap-and-Trade (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Ontario
    Date: 2018-09-28
    At Queens Park, the Province of Ontario's environmental watchdog Dianne Saxe is criticizing the freshman conservative government of Premier Doug Ford for dismantling the province's cap-and-trade system without putting in an effective climate change program to replace it. Conservative Premier Doug Ford made cancelling cap-and-trade a key aspect of his campaign.

    According to the environmental commissioner, the government's decision could reverse the province's decade of progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Windsor Star, The Canadian Press, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, (416) 325-3377, commissioner@eco.on.ca, https://eco.on.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  Doug Ford,  


    Ford Under Fire for Proposed Cap-and-Trade Repeal (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Greenpeace Canada
    Date: 2018-09-14
    Environmental advocate Greenpeace Canada reports ait has taken legal action against the Province of Ontario. Greenpeace alleges that Doug Ford, the province's newly elected, populist freshman conservative Premier, and his government failed to hold public hearings on his proposed legislation to kill the province's cap-and-trade program as instituted by the previous liberal government. Since its creation 1n 2017, the system has contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers.

    Under Ontario's unique “Environmental Bill of Rights legislation", Ontario residents have the right to be consulted on significant environmental regulations and legislation. The Greenpeace suit claims the Ford government ignored the Environmental Bill of Rights when it proposed, then announced it would cancel the province's cap-and-trade program.

    The Ford administration's Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Act -- Bill 4 -- was introduced in late July. The bill, which has yet to pass the legislature, gives the new Ford administration sweeping power to set its own targets and create its own climate action plan without debate in the legislature nor to be enshrined in law. Along with killing the province's cap-and-trade program, Ford also promised to lower the price of beer to $1 per can. (Source: CP, Various Media, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Greenpeace Canada, www.greenpeace.org/canada/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenpeace,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  


    Ontario Premier's New Emissions Targets Expected in a "Very Timely Basis and People Don't Have to Worry about That." (Notable Quote)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-08-08
    At Queens Park in Toronto, the freshman government of Conservative populist Premier Doug Ford has tabled legislation -- Bill 4 -- to kill the province's cap-and-trade program and repeal the previous Liberal government's climate change plan. The bill gives the new Ford administration sweeping power to set its own targets and create its own climate plan without debate in the legislature nor to be enshrined in law.

    The Ford administration's Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Act -- Bill 4 -- was introduced in late July and made good on one of the new Premier Doug Ford's key campaign promises to end the province's carbon price. Another of the premier's campaign promises was "$1 per can beer", which he has reportedly made good on in an uncanny imitation of the equally inexperienced U.S. freshman president "the Donald" Trump.

    Bill 4 requires Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips to to set emissions targets without specifying what they should be based on. The bill also calls for Phillips to come up with a climate change plan but doesn't set a deadline for the plan. The Minister is also required to prepare progress reports on the climate change plan on a "regular basis", again without specificity.

    It is unclear as to whether the targets will be in line with the internationally agreed Paris Climate Accord targets set in Paris or if and when further details might be revealed.

    But not to worry. Again aping Trump, Phillips said the government's climate change plan will come in a "very timely basis and people don't have to worry about that."

    "What, Me Worry?" -- Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine fame. (Source: Various Media, iPolitics, 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips, www.ola.org/en/members/all/rod-phillips

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Ontario Climate Change,  Doug Ford,  


    London Ontario Landfill Gas Power Project Trashed (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-07-18
    In Canada's largest province, 15 London, Ontario-led renewable energy projects were sidelined when the province's freshman conservative government led by Doug Ford cancelled nearly 760 green energy contracts tptalin $790 million across the province last Friday.

    The cancelled deals include 14 London Hydro solar power projects outside the city and the landfill project, which would use methane to generate electricity. The $3.8 million project was projected to generate sufficient power for 400 homes. (Source: London Hydro, London Free Press, 16 July, 2018) (Source: London Hydro, (519) 661-5503, www.londonhydro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Doug Ford,  Renewable Energy,  


    Ford Killing 758 Ontario Renewable Energy Deals (Ind. Report)
    Ontario
    Date: 2018-07-16
    At Queens Park, Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford is reporting the taxpayers of Canada's largest province will save a wildly estimated $790 million from the new conservative provincial government of Doug Ford's cancellations of 758 specified "unnecessary and wasteful" renewable energy projects province wide.

    In a statement the Minister said the government will introduce legislation during its summer sitting that would protect hydro consumers from any costs incurred from the contract cancellations which, no doubt could be considerable.

    Rickford said the move is part of the populist freshman premier's campaign pledge to end the renewable energy projects and, as previously reported, kill provincial cap-and-trade system, both of which the Premier claims will enable him to cut retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre and lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premi (Source: Niagara Falls Review, Canadian Press, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford https://twitter.com/gregrickford?lang=en; Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Onratio Renewable Energy,  Doug Ford,  


    Ford Kills Ontario Cap-and-Trade Funded Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-07-05
    Following up on our June 22nd coverage, the Canadian Press is reporting newly elected populist Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Progressive Conservative) has revoked the province's carbon pricing cap-and-trade program that was instigated by the former Liberal government of Catherine Wynne. With the goose that layed the golden eggs dead,Ford's administration will begin winding down all green programs funded through the province's cap-and-trade system this week.

    In his most recent announcement, Ford noted the province will nonetheless honour existing contracts, orders and projects -- such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits -- funded by cap-and-trade. Some existing Ontario energy efficiency rebates were being phased out before Ford officially took office last week. The premier says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the cap-and-trade program will be paid for using tax base revenue.

    As previously reported, Ford claimed eliminating the provincial cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on campaign promises Ontario the electorate doesn't realistically expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Various Media, Canada Press, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency Program,  


    Friends of Science Society Challenges Cdn. Carbon Tax, Climate Change Policy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Friends of Science Society
    Date: 2018-06-22
    The Canadian carbon tax and climate change policy revolt gained strength as Conservative Premier-elect Doug Ford gave notice he would scrap the present cap-and-trade deal with California and Quebec, as reported by CBC News on June 15, 2018. Ford also has stated he is willing to go to court to challenge the Liberal Canadian federal government's intention to impose a carbon tax on provinces.

    The scientific justification for carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and the Paris Agreement took another hit on June 20, 2018, when the Financial Post published an article by economist Ross McKitrick laying out flaws in climate simulations (models) upon which carbon taxes and climate policies are based. The article noted: "It also means that greenhouse gas emissions do not have as big an impact on the climate as has been claimed, and the case for costly policy measures to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions is much weaker than governments have told us. For a science that was supposedly 'settled' back in the early 1990s, we sure have a lot left to learn," the McKitrick article said.

    The Friends of Science Society, an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens, says CO2 from human industrial emissions has nominal impact on climate, there is no significant climate risk and no need to phase out fossil fuels or enact related climate policies.

    Download the Friends of Science Society Challenging the Canadian Federal Government's Carbon Pollution Pricing System Results Report HERE. (Source: Friends of Science Society, PR WEB, June, 2018) Contact: Friends of Science Society, (888) -789-9597, contact@friendsofscience.org, www.friendsofscience.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  


    Ontario Renewables, Green Renovation Rebates Chopped (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-06-22
    Hard on the heels of the election of Ontario's new Conservative Premier Doug Ford's announcement to scrap the province's 2017 vintage carbon tax -- cap-and-trade program, a post on the GreenOn.ca website announced the closing of several renewable energy and residential and commercial energy efficiency rebate programs. Existing rebate program commitments will be honoured.

    The rebate program was funded through proceeds from the province's cap-and-trade program through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund. Ontario has earned approximately $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals last year. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, Bell Media, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Green Ontario Fund, www.GreenOn.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


    Freshman Premier Scraping Ontario Cap-and-Trade to Lower Gasoline, Beer Prices (Ind.Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-06-15
    At Queens Park, Ontario's freshman Conservative premier Doug Ford reports he will give notice of the province's withdrawal from the linked carbon pricing market with Quebec and California and issue clear rules for an "orderly wind down" of the system. The newly elected premier will also instruct his equally wet-behind the ears attorney general to challenge the Liberal federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rules requiring provinces to establish a carbon tax or have a tax imposed on them by the feds.

    According to Ford, eliminating the cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on a campaign promise that the electorate doesn't expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important to him than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Various Media, Canada Press, 15 June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  


    Ontario Greens Support Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Speaking in Ontario, Casey Laonde, the Canada Green Party candidate in the riding of Timiskaming-Cochrane said her party supports a cap-and-trade system where money collected under the system is re-distributed to taxpayers much in the same way that people now get a GST refund cheque.

    In the upcoming June 7 Ontario provincial election, the Progressive Conservative candidate, Doug Ford, is calling for the abolition of the sitting Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne's carbon cap-and-trade program which, according to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, generated an estimated $471 million for the province in the first joint Ontario, Quebec, California cap-and-trade program auction held February 21, 2018. The funds will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the province's Climate Change Action Plan. (Source: Green Party of Canada, MyWestNippisingNow, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada, www.greenparty.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Tax,  

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