The Ontario Government is hoping for quick action on four
important proposed environmental bills currently stalled on the
order paper. Given the instability of the current minority
Government, there may only be a small window of opportunity to pass
these proposed statutes before a provincial election is called (or
Bill 6, the Great Lakes Protection Act, will
establish a new Great Lakes Guardians' Council and require
"public bodies" to undertake certain initiatives to
protect and restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes-St.
Lawrence River Basin
Bill 83, the Protection of Public Participation
Act, will create a fast track judicial process for identifying
and dismissing "strategic lawsuits against public
participation" ( SLAPPs)
Bill 91, the Waste Reduction Act, will replace the
current act with one based on "individual producer
responsibility" and a revamped Blue Box funding
Bill 138, the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act,
will add Part VI.1 to the Environmental Protection Act to prohibit
the use of coal to generate electricity at certain specified
facilities after December 31, 2014.
Environment Minister Requests Programming Motion
Environment Minister Jim Bradley has asked the opposition NDP to
support a "programming motion". This may untangle the
procedural deadlock and "secure quick passage" for the
proposed environmental legislation. The motion will serve to:
Schedule committee meetings for Bill 6, the Great Lakes
Protection Act, then schedule two hours of Third Reading
debate followed by a final vote
Send Bill 83, the Protection of Public Participation
Act, to an immediate Second Reading vote, then schedule
committee hearings followed by two hours of Third Reading debate
and a final vote
Send Bill 91, the Waste Reduction Act, to committee
where the Government will table amendments
Send Bill 138, the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, to
Current Status of Bills
Willms & Shier Law Report
Great Lakes Protection Act
Reading Feb. 25, 2013, carried 2nd Reading on Oct. 9, 2013, and
sent to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills
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