Author: Adam Driedzic

 Market-Based Instruments Project Backgrounder Now Available In Alberta, the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) enables the use of MBIs for conservation and stewardship purposes. However, while theoretically favorable to MBIs, there is limited practical experience with these tools in Alberta. Throughout 2016, the ELC will conduct research...

Controversial spin-off industries expose gaps in regulation Click Here for some media coverage about a dispute over the storage of fracking sand in Penhold, Alberta. Here is some more coverage of the same debate. The sand contains crystalline silica, which is known to cause deadly lung ailments...

South Saskatchewan Plan Avoids the Hard Choices In September 2014 the Government of Alberta released the first South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) made under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA). On January 17, 2015 I was honored to present some thoughts on the implications of the SSRP...

I have been misrepresented by the Lethbridge Herald in the June 26th article “Nobody at the Wheel.” This needs to be corrected because providing the public with accurate legal information is my job. Managing recreational use of public land is hard and complicated.  Responsible recreational users...

Municipal panel sheds light on environmental management challenges at Green Regs & Ham [caption id="attachment_2258" align="aligncenter" width="489"] L to R: Garry Appelt, Don Iveson, Bruce Beattie and Judy Stewart[/caption] Three municipal leaders walk into a hotel: the urban mayor who is said to represent a growing interest...

BC court favors environmental groups, but “public interest standing” remains out of reach. In Gagne v. Sharpe a denial of standing by the BC Environmental Appeals Board was found to involve unfair process, unnecessary requirements and impossible evidentiary standards. This decision is significant to environmental advocates in Alberta as similar hurdles to standing...

Answer:  No one who doesn’t ask. Here’s a little story from the CBC about their efforts to access information on a not so little pipeline explosion. In response, the National Energy Board disclosed an incident report that the article implies was altered in response to CBC’s request....