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First Alberta Renewable Energy Competitive Process Launching Soon

by Julie-Anne Pariseau and Oliver MacLaren On November 3rd 2016, the Government of Alberta (“GoA”)  endorsed the Alberta Electricity System Operator’s (“AESO”) recommendation for a provincial Renewable Electricity Program (“REP”). With this announcement, Alberta is promising clear timelines and a structured bidding process to reach its commitment to have 30 per cent of Alberta’s electricity


Environmental Regulatory Reviews Update: Canada’s process for reviews still falling short

by Matt McPherson There are four national reviews currently underway looking at reforms to Canada’s federal environmental legislation, and each of them continue to be hampered by significant process problems. These process problems are more than a surface concern – they may critically undermine the reviews themselves unless steps are taken to amend the process.


Thunder Bay police under review in treatment of Indigenous peoples

Do you have concerns about the policing of Indigenous peoples in Thunder Bay? Have you had experiences of racism, or of practices you thought were unfair or that could be improved? Now is the time to speak up. A systemic review has been launched about the practices of Thunder Bay Police Services in policing Indigenous


Aamjiwnaang and Walpole Island Celebrate Opening of Grand Bend Wind Project

By Oliver MacLaren and Liora Zimmerman     OKT would like to congratulate Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Walpole Island First Nation on the achievement of reaching commercial operation on the Grand Bend Wind farm, a 100 MW project near Grand Bend, Ontario. A grand opening ceremony was held on October 6, 2016, attended by Chiefs


OKT proud to take part in We Matter Campaign

Yesterday marked the launch of the We Matter Campaign, a national multimedia campaign that gathers positive messages directed at Indigenous youth who may be going through a difficult time. The devastating news of multiple youth suicides in Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan serves as a reminder of the importance of support and community to youth experiencing


Alberta announces funding for Indigenous initiatives in green energy programs

By Julie-Anne Pariseau and Oliver MacLaren The Governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan recently committed to increase the number of megawatts (“MW”) generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, to be added to their respective grid. The ambitious targets set by both governments aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their consequences but


Human rights case to be heard about Indigenous mascots in sports

OKT is proud to be working for Brad Gallant on a pro bono basis in his complaint against the City of Mississauga before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The complaint is in relation to the use of Indigenous mascots in minor hockey. His complaint alleges that the City discriminated against him in the provision


Chapleau Cree ratify treaty lands settlement

By Bryce Edwards and Kaitlin Ritchie This is Chief Keeter Corston, on Saturday September 17, 2016 at Chapleau Cree First Nation’s (CCFN) Fox Lake Reserve, where CCFN, Ontario and Canada signed the Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Settlement Agreement, one of the first of its kind to be settled in Ontario. The TLE signing ceremony took


What if Canada held coast-to-coast environmental review hearings and nobody came?

By Matt McPherson and Michael McClurg The Environmental Assessment Expert Panel that the Government of Canada assembled to independently review Canada’s environmental assessment laws has now begun public hearings. The hearings are being fast-tracked to accommodate the government’s desire to introduce amended federal environment legislation next year.  (See OKT’s guide to the Panel process). Indigenous


LRP II and Indigenous engagement: Until we meet again?

By Liora Zimmerman and Oliver MacLaren The Ontario Minister of Energy announced yesterday that it will be suspending the second phase of the Large Renewable Procurement Process, known as LRP II, effective immediately. This is a (hopefully temporary) setback for First Nations in some areas of Ontario for whom LRP II represented a significant economic