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RegWatch covers the issues, controversies, and impacts arising from the regulation of economic, social and environmental activity in Canada & U.S.

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Regulatory Power & Impact

Regulatory agencies have enormous power over every aspect of our professional & personal lives. Responsible for presiding over the laws passed by federal, state and provincial governments—regulators implement, manage and enforce the legislation that governs how people do business, extract & commercialize natural resources, develop the land, work, and spend leisure time.

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Why We Need Regulators & What They Do

By setting rules and issuing orders and enforcement decisions, Canadian regulatory bodies protect Canadians from inherent risks in the banking system, stock markets and insurance industry. They oversee our shared natural resources ensuring the environment is protected and consumers are respected as Canada’s oil, natural gas, minerals and hydro-electric power are captured and brought to market. Regulators set the policies and standards that govern the building of our homes, towns & cities. They maintain strict controls over the manufacture, distribution and consumption of beer, wine & liquor. And, they manage the way we game—from lotteries & scratch tickets to slot machines and the blackjack tables.

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News Values & Viewpoint

  • There are both virtues & vices of regulation
  • Regulation is necessary for the functioning of a market economy and oversight is essential, especially for monopolistic elements
  • Efficiency, consistency, transparency, accountability & fairness in a regulatory system is paramount
  • Excessive regulation & bureaucratization creates major barriers to competitiveness & economic growth – regulators should regulate not participate!
  • Environmental & sustainability objectives must be in balance with economic and social imperatives
  • Many stories are considered too small for in-depth or sustained coverage
  • Mainstream media often does a poor job delving into the complexity of regulatory issues and suffer from authority bias and public opinion bias
  • Public debate is essential to the regulatory process as it drives social license - misinformation must be identified and addressed
  • Regulatory strategy & structures are rich in tensions & contradictions, thus opinion matters
RegWatch strives to produce factual reports and opinion, which should not be misconstrued as unbiased. Cultural and economic forces frame all content and every story in the media is covered from a perspective and angle. RegWatch produces content with conviction.

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ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION REGISTRY (ALL MINISTRIES)

REGULATORY APPROVALS AND PERMITS

HUNTING REGULATIONS

FISHING REGULATIONS

FORESTRY REPORTS

CLEAN ENERGY IN ONTARIO

GREEN ENERGY ACT

Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) protects Ontario’s biodiversity while promoting economic opportunities in the resource sector. The ministry conducts scientific research and uses its findings to promote sustainability of Ontario’s forests, fish and wildlife resources, to protect the province from forest fires, floods and droughts and to lead the management of Ontario’s Crown lands, water, oil, gas, salt and aggregates resources, including making Crown land available for renewable energy projects.