4th Session, 61st General Assembly
61 Elizabeth II, 2012
The Honourable Sterling Belliveau
Minister of Environment
First Reading: November 19, 2012
Second Reading: November 20, 2012
Third Reading: December 3, 2012 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS) (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
Clause 1 provides a short title to this Act.
Clause 2 revises the definition Section of the Act to reorganize the definition of "legally protected", to update the Minister's title and to add definitions of "Round Table", "sustainability" and "sustainable prosperity".
Clause 3 revises the principles on which the Act is based to reference the need for departmental collaboration, to reference the Mi'kmaq concept of Netukulimk and to include the goal of climate-change adaptation.
Clause 4 revises the long-term objectives and goals in the Act to relate to sustainable prosperity and key outcome areas and to make them more measurable and achievable.
Clause 5 revises the review and reporting provisions of the Act to provide for greater government-wide involvement, to reflect the new definition of the Round Table and to allow the Round Table nine months to do its five-year report reviewing the Act.
Clause 6 adds programs and measures to encourage sustainable practices in product stewardship to the government programs and measures authorized by the Act.
Clause 7 revises the goals that may be purposes for agreements authorized by the Act to refer to sustainable prosperity.
Clause 8 revises the wording in clause 9(1)(a) of the Act respecting economic well-being to match wording used elsewhere in the Act.
(a) striking out clause (c) and substituting the following clause:
(b) striking out "and Labour" immediately after "Environment" in the first line of clause (d);
(c) striking out the period at the end of clause (e) and substituting a semi-colon; and
(d) adding immediately after clause (e) the following clauses:
(h) "sustainable prosperity" means seizing today's opportunities without compromising tomorrow, while working together for a strong, competitive economy, a healthy environment and vibrant, thriving communities.
(a) adding immediately after clause (c) the following clause:
(b) adding ", which is in keeping with the Mi'kmaq concept of Netukulimk, defined by the Mi'kmaq as the use of the natural bounty provided by the Creator for the self-support and well-being of the individual and the community by achieving adequate standards of community nutrition and economic well-being without jeopardizing the integrity, diversity or productivity of our environment" immediately after "generations" in the second line of clause (d); and
(c) adding ", climate change adaptation" immediately after "programs" in the second line of clause (g).4 (1) Subsections 4(1) and (2) of Chapter 7 are repealed and the following subsections substituted:
(2) To achieve the long-term objectives set forth in subsection (1), the Province's environmental and economic goals in the areas of cleaner energy, climate change adaptation, healthy air and water, leadership in sustainable practices, protection of biodiversity and sustainable management of natural assets are to ensure that
(a) the Province adopts and implements a framework to support a transition to cleaner sources and sustainable uses of energy to produce greater economic, social and environmental benefits for Nova Scotians by supporting and enabling
(d) all new residential dwelling units constructed in the Province after January 1, 2011 are required to meet energy conservation measures adopted in the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations made under the Building Code Act;
(e) the Province continues to work with other levels of government on national emissions standards for greenhouse gases and air pollutants from new motor vehicles, such as the standards adopted by the State of California;
(f) greenhouse gas emissions are, by 2020, at least 10 per cent below the levels that were emitted in 1990, as outlined in the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan 2001;relative to emissions in 2000; relative to the 1995-2005 emission allocation;
(k) the Province meets and maintains the Canada-wide Standards for Particulate Matter (PM) and Ozone established by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment for ground-level ozone by 2010;
(q) a sustainable procurement policy for the Province is developed and adopted by 2009 and implemented accordingly, including by integrating sustainable procurement criteria into Provincial government purchasing and promoting adoption of this approach to the greater public sector in the Province;
(u) regulatory tools that use the framework within the Environment Act to stimulate redevelopment of contaminated land and contribute to economic development while protecting the environment are brought into effect by 2013 and implemented accordingly;
(a) striking out "environmental" in the first line; and
(b) striking out "environmental goals" in the third line and substituting "goals for sustainable prosperity".
(4) Clause 4(3)(c) of Chapter 7 is amended by striking out "environmental" in the first line.5 (1) Subsection 6(1) of Chapter 7 is repealed and the following subsection substituted:
(2) Subsection 6(2) of Chapter 7 is amended by
(a) striking out "Nova Scotia" in the first line;
(b) striking out "on Environmental Sustainability" in the first and second and in the fourth lines; and
(c) striking out "six" in the fourth line and substituting "nine".
(3) Subsection 6(4) of Chapter 7 is amended by
(a) striking out "Nova Scotia" in the second line; and
(b) striking out "on Environmental Sustainability" in the second and third lines.6 Subsection 7(1) of Chapter 7 is amended by adding immediately after clause (e) the following clause:
(2) Subsection 8(2) of Chapter 7 is amended by striking out "environmental goals" in the third line and substituting "goals for sustainable prosperity".8 Clause 9(1)(a) of Chapter 7 is amended by striking out "performance" in the first line and substituting "well-being".