Author: Leah Orr

[caption id="attachment_2491" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo credit: waynerd / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND[/caption] In today’s Calgary Herald: “Prentice confident Springbank dry dam most cost-effective option to protect Calgary.” The article outlines the reasons behind building a dry reservoir around Springbank in an effort to mitigate flooding in Calgary....

Yesterday the Edmonton Journal ran a piece called “Five years, five homes demolished and gas keeps bubbling from the deep.” It’s a story about any homeowner’s nightmare: old oil and gas wells leaking under and near homes in Calmar. Most land in Alberta has been used...

When the lawyers were figuring out a theme for this issue of News Brief, I couldn’t bring myself to tell them I didn’t know what they meant by “standing.”  I’m sure I’m not the only person who isn’t clear on the concept. After reading and editing...

Are you confused about how recent changes in Environmental Assessment law will affect your practice? Can we expect federal Environmental Assessments to be conducted differently now? Join Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre of Alberta on April 19th to find out what...

By Jason Unger, Staff Counsel What we do with our land is constrained in many ways, whether on our own volition as landowners, through common law rights of neighbours or through the valid regulation of land use for the public good. Recent discussions around repealing the...

Here are some updates on previous blog posts compiled by Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the ELC. The David Suzuki v. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (Killer Whale protection) case is being appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal. The Eastern Irrigation District approval for change of...

(In case you don't know about them, you can read about the CLawBies here.) First things first. I’m not a lawyer. (I'm in communications.) But, because of where I work (the Environmental Law Centre), I read law blogs a lot. I’m subscribed to more RSS feeds...

By Adam Driedzic Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre You don’t have to be an environmentalist to be concerned with this one.  For the second straight year, the federal budget bill passed with Trojan horse provisions unrelated to the budget.   The perennial target is the federal environmental...