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Gord Miller
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario is the province's independent environmental watchdog. Appointed by the Legislative Assembly, the ECO is tasked with monitoring and reporting on compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights, and the government's success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in achieving greater energy conservation in Ontario.

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Ensuring the Polluter Pays: The Need to Reform Ontario’s Approach to Contaminated Site Liability

- 2014-11-20

Those responsible for allowing or causing pollution should be responsible for the costs associated with it (such as the costs of cleaning it up). This is known as the ‘polluter pays’ principle, and is a …

What is a “policy” under the Environmental Bill of Rights?

- 2014-11-13

Under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR), prescribed ministries are required to post proposals for environmentally significant policies on the Environmental Registry for public notice and comment. This may …

Pricing Carbon … A Taxing Issue!

- 2014-11-10

Most economists agree that a carbon tax is the best policy instrument to reduce emissions. It is relatively quick and simple to implement, easy to explain to the public and seems to work (i.e., actually achieves …

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Looking for Leadership


Smart from Sunrise to Sunset:
A Primer on Ontario's Evolving Electricity Grid

Looking for Leadership:
The Costs of Climate Inaction
2014 Climate Change Progress Report

Managing New Challenges
2013/14 Annual Report

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Inaction Threatens Health at Aamjiwnaang First Nation

Commit to End Logging in Algonquin Provincial Park

Commissioner Questions Growth Plan’s Effectiveness

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