WCS Canada

Environmental Assessment

05 October 2018
WCS Canada Comments – Review of Wataykineyap’s Transmission Line to Pickle Lake Amended Environmental Assessment – October 2018

WCS Canada responds to the invitation to comment on the amended environmental assessment of a new transmission line to Pickle Lake. Since we began to comment on the project in 2013, we have had concerns about the distinct lack of consideration for alternate routes, the criteria used for assessing potential impacts, and the assessment of cumulative effects. We are gravely concerned about not only this project in particular but also the EA process as it stands under Ontario’s environmental assessment program. The major issues are outlined herein and include; EA process, cumulative effects, caribou, and climate change.
01 June 2018
WCS Canada submission to the Government of Canada regarding the Projects List under the new Impact Assessment Act - June 2018

We provide comments on the Consultation Paper on Approach to Revising the Project List under the proposed Impact Assessment Act (Bill C-69), which seeks feedback on the criteria and process for reviewing and updating the Projects List, or what type of projects would be subject to impact assessment under the proposed Impact Assessment Act.
06 April 2018
WCS Canada comments on draft federal Impact Assessment Act (Bill C-69)

Bill 6-C9 was introduced into Parliament in Feb 2018. It would repeal the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012,) enact the new Impact Assessment Act, repeal the National Energy Board Act, enact the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, amend the Navigation Protection Act, and revise a number of other federal statutes. This submission contains the recommendations of WCS Canada staff on Bill C‐69, specifically the sections in the new Impact Assessment Act (Act) on regional and strategic impact assessment. To support our recommendations, we provide detailed information on the Ring of Fire in the Far North of Ontario. The Ring of Fire is an important case study for regional impact assessment that should inform project‐level impact assessment of individual mining and infrastructure proposals in remote region that is globally significant from ecological, social and economic perspectives where the risks of cumulative effects from multiple projects and climate change are significant. To date, the lack of legal pathway at either the federal or provincial level has provided no impetus for regional assessment in the region. We include 9 essential amendments for improving the regional and strategic impact assessment elements of the Act.
18 December 2017
WCS Canada Comments on Wataynikaneyap Power L.P. Draft Environmental Assessment Report, Phase 1 New Transmission Line to Pickle Lake – December 2017

Ontario has identified transmission reinforcement to Pickle Lake and the connection of remote communities as a priority project in its Long Term Energy Plan. Wataynikaneyap Power is addressing First Nations needs by combining two phases – Phase 1, the grid reinforcement to Pickle Lake, and Phase 2 being the extension north to connect 17 remote off-grid communities. Wataynikaneyap Power has submitted its Final Environmental Assessment Report for the Phase 1 New Transmission Line to Pickle Lake Project to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for review and approval. While Phase 1 of the project is largely focused outside of our landscape, we provide a number of recommendations on wolverine and caribou best management practices and encourage a regional approach to environmental assessment to address cumulative effects and climate change.
31 August 2017
Joint Comment - Reforming Federal Environmental Assessment Legislation - August 2017

Letter from WCS Canada and four organisations that have been deeply engaged in reform of federal impact assessment law and policy and have participated in numerous environmental assessments across Canada, summarizing nine key features we will be looking for in legislation that is expected to be introduced in early 2018.
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