Ontario Environment Minister Jeff Yurek at Queen’s Park in Toronto on April 11, 2019. Photo by Christopher Katsarov An Ontario court has overturned the Conservative government’s decision to cancel the partially built Nation Rise wind farm south of Ottawa. The company behind the wind farm filed an application for judicial review in December after Environment Minister Jeff Yurek revoked its environmental approval, citing concern for the welfare of local bats. But Yurek lacked the legal authority to do so and either misunderstood or ignored key evidence showing bats wouldn’t be at risk, the Ontario Superior Court found, outlining a long list of errors in the minister’s move to cancel the project. “This is a case where the minister’s decision is not reasonable and does not deserve deference,” reads the decision dated May 13 and signed by three judges. “This decision does not meet the requirements of transparency, justification and intelligibility … Therefore, the decision should be quashed.” When Nation Rise was cancelled, it had already been approved by Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal, an independent body that hears appeals of projects affecting the environment. Two-thirds of the wind farm had been built. The site is in the Township of North […]

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  1. Firstly, Thank you for all your hard work bringing this positive information to us. Back in the winter the scale of the Climate emergency hit me and I was hunting up websites for positive environmental news, your website was about the only website centred around this subject that I could read without any anxiety. Secondly, I can only say one thing. YAY!!!! It was the one of the most stupid thing done by Ontario’s government! So glad it got overturned!

    • Glad to help Taylar. These are pretty tough times but there are a lot of good people doing good things. Even good old Rob Ford can’t keep them down. 🙂
      Thanks for the comment, it really helps keep me motivated.

    • Glad to help Taylar. These are pretty tough times but there are a lot of good people doing good things. Even good old Rob Ford can’t keep them down. 🙂
      Thanks for the comment, it really helps keep me motivated!

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