Author: Brenda Heelan Powell

ELC Regulatory Watch:  MD of Pincher Creek denies Windy Point Wind Farm Development Permits As part of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan (ALCP), the Government of Alberta has committed to have 30% of the province’s electrical power generated by renewable sources such as wind, solar and...

Spring Reports of the CESD   The Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) recently released her Spring 2018 Reports.  There are three Reports: Report 1: Salmon Farming; Report 2: Canada’s Preparedness to Implement the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals; and Report 3: Conserving Biodiversity along with The...

Picking up the PACE and Running with City Charters: Update on Municipal Government Act   As has been covered in several of our previous blog posts, the Municipal Government Act (MGA) has been undergoing review and revision for a few years now (see our most recent post...

In addition to our series of educational materials concerning legal rights related to environmental quality, the Environmental Law Centre has drafted a model Environmental Bill of Rights for Alberta. This model is intended to generate discussion about how our laws may be reformed to foster...

Back to what we once HADD: Fisheries Act Amendments are Introduced Since the 1970s, section 35 of the Fisheries Act operated to protect fish and fish habitat throughout Canada by prohibiting the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat (the HADD provision). Up to 2012, the...

An Update on the Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop: Draft Legislation and a Regulatory Framework Released   The need for a federal carbon pricing backstop was articulated in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change which, among other things, sets a benchmark for pricing carbon emissions...