First steps in an overhaul of Canada’s environmental assessment process is “weeks, not months” away, the minister responsible, Jim Carr, told iPolitics.

Residents of Renfrew had an opportunity to learn about the proposed Energy East Pipeline. The pipeline’s course includes the Upper Ottawa Valley through Admaston-Bromley, Horton and McNab-Braeside townships.

Trans Canada, the pipeline developers, held a safety information session at Carp Agricultural Hall, while members of environmental group Ecology Ottawa handed out pamphlets outside warning about the dangers of oil spills.

Carmon Creek, a large in-situ oilsands plant that would have used the latest environmental technology and involved 1,000 construction jobs, is just one of many pipeline projects scuttled by vulnerable regulatory processes.

Renfrew County and West Carleton residents and fire officials are being given an opportunity to discuss pipeline safety in meetings in Carp and Renfrew Dec. 9-10.

FREDERICTON – A possible implementation of a tax on carbon is one of many options the premier of New Brunswick is considering when it comes to fighting climate change.

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