Ontario Energy Strategy: Nine New Unconventional Oil & Gas Pipelines

Posted by Don Richardson and Emily Ferguson

on Nov 25, 2014 8:44:00 PM

Unconventional oil and gas in Ontario can be hard to see if you don't know where to look, but it's all around the province.

This is the second in a new series of posts by Don Richardson and Emily Ferguson on how "Unconventional Oil & Gas are Reshaping Ontario’s Energy Landscape"  Sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch!
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Where are the other NINE new pipeline projects in Ontario?

The premiers of Ontario and Quebec recently teamed up on energy, climate change and strengthening economies.  They've agreed to work together to fight climate change and build a stronger and more competitive low-carbon economy.  These two Canadian climate change leaders also agreed to work together to ensure that the Canadian Energy Strategy being developed by the provinces and territories takes climate change objectives into account and works to strengthen economic development.  We're getting more optimistic about Ontario's energy future, but there's work to be done enhancing Ontario's energy strategy.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

5 Tips for a Successful Job Hunt: Shared Value Solutions

Posted by Nichole Fraser MacDonald

on Nov 14, 2014 10:12:00 PM

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Topics: Job Listing

Help Us Celebrate Becoming an Ontario BCorp: One of the First!

Posted by admin

on Nov 14, 2014 6:21:00 PM

Please join Shared Value Solutions for our Annual Open House
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Topics: Local is the New Black

Are You An Adaptive Leader? Adaptive Leadership Workshop, November 20/14

Posted by Meaghan Langille

on Nov 12, 2014 4:14:00 PM


What really matters in working with people? 

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Topics: Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

Six Hot Ideas for a New Ontario Energy Strategy

Posted by Don Richardson and Emily Ferguson

on Nov 10, 2014 9:21:00 PM


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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Energy East, Ontario Climate Action

What Does a B Corp Look Like?

Posted by Don Richardson

on Nov 5, 2014 6:10:00 AM

What Does a B Corp Look Like?

This year at Shared Value Solutions Ltd., we worked hard to become a Certified B Corporation - a "B Corp".  We're an Ontario B Corp - one of over 1,000 worldwide in 36 countries, one of over 100 B Corporations in Canada, and one of only 68 B Corps in Ontario.  

Like all other B Corps, we are "people using business as a force for good".  

But what does that look like? Watch this short video to find out.

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Topics: B Corporations

Are You Watching? TransCanada Pipelines and Aboriginal Interests

Posted by Don Richardson

on Nov 3, 2014 8:17:00 AM

Is Your Community Engaged?

In September we published a popular post: "Is Your Community Ready?" TransCanada Pipelines & Aboriginal Interests".  On October 30th, 2014, TransCanada formally applied for federal government approval for this $12 billion project that will take crude oil from Alberta across six provinces to processing on the East Coast.  See the Backgrounder below.

In this post, we revisit some of the considerations about Aboriginal community wellbeing and this major project. If you are checking out out the proposal and asking questions, this post might help.

Is YOUR community ready to make sense of local impacts from the largest set of energy infrastructure projects in Canadian history? 



Communities Getting Prepared - Aboriginal Interests


Many First Nation and Métis communities are preparing to participate in the regulatory process and develop community-based understandings of the potential impacts.  


We believe that if the projects are approved, it will be because Aboriginal communities have participated in making sure the projects address their needs and interests.  


We are aware of several Aboriginal communities undertaking traditional knowledge studies and environmental and socio-economic impact reviews.  See below for a list of potential impacts during pipeline construction and operation.


In these major Canadian project approval processes, Traditional Knowledge Matters.  For interested communities, it is critically important to develop an understanding of existing local environmental and socio-economic conditions so that the potential project impacts, both positive and negative can be better understood to protection and enhance Aboriginal community wellbeing.


Here are eight things to watch for:


  1. archaeological and cultural heritage resources / aboriginal culture and local knowledge - how can traditional land use mapping help inform knowledge of key environmental and cultural heritage features around the pipelines?
  2. historic, current and future Aboriginal land uses – how will hunting, fishing, harvesting, recreation, education, spiritual, and sacred sites influence the project?
  3. economic activities – what current and future activities will be impacted? What economic opportunities do the pipeline projects present?
  4. how can Aboriginal environmental monitors / BEAHR Training be applied?
  5. how can traditional land use and occupancy mapping be applied?
  6. how can combining scientific and traditional knowledge improve project assessment and mitigation?
  7. how can you apply Aboriginal traditional ecological knowledge and envrionmental change / climate change knowledge together?
  8. how will the projects dovetail with First Nation source water protection efforts?


  Interested in this topic? Then  see our related posts here: Energy East
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Shared Value Solutions Team Members Jeremy Shute M.A. RPP (Managing Partner, Professional Planner and Cartographer) training First Nations community land use planners, Magnetawan First Nation




Energy East and the Eastern Mainline Project: 

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline Project is the largest proposed energy infrastructure project to happen in Canada since the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway system. 

At the same time as TransCanada moves forward with regulatory approval processes for Energy East, the company is proposing the Eastern Mainline Project – a brand new natural gas pipeline in Ontario.

TransCanada says that the Eastern Mainline Project “is needed to enable TransCanada to continue to meet its commercial obligations following the proposed transfer of certain Canadian Mainline facilities to Energy East Pipeline Ltd. (Energy East) and the subsequent conversion of those facilities to crude oil from natural gas service."

These two multi-billion dollar new pipeline projects, on top of a range of other new oil and gas pipeline projects in Ontario, present significant project review, consultation and accommodation challenges for First Nation and Métis communities. 

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Topics: Energy East