Author: Jason Unger

Update:  The Environmental Rights Act died on the order paper. A new Manitoba government was elected on April 19th.). The Government of Manitoba introduced an Environmental Rights Act (Bill 20) this Wednesday. The purposes of the Act are to: (a) protect the right of present and future generations...

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been involved with the Land Use Framework (LUF) and Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) from the beginning. Its activities have included commenting on several cumulative effect management frameworks and conducting research on this topic. The following feedback on the draft...

A light-hearted look back at 2015 is in order. (This time to “Jingle Bells” – nice and short to keep with solstice. This blog may be the counter point to my 2012 blog).   Dashing to the polls In a three horse federal race, Over to selfies we go, Laughing all the way Suppression...

Water Conservation Trust of Canada v Alberta (Environmental Appeals Board), 2015 ABQB 686. In 2010 the Water Conservation Trust of Canada applied under the Water Act to have a licenced allocation of water transferred to the organization for “habitat enhancement, recreation, fish and wildlife management and water...

When we think of protecting Alberta’s landscapes there are a variety of tools that are quite well understood and used: parks on public land, conservation easements on private land.  The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) greatly added to the conservation tool box by providing a variety...

The election is behind us and a new majority government is before us.  There will undoubtedly be a time of listening and learning across the province: within government, within industry, within non-government organizations, among all Albertans. What are some of the possible new directions for environmental policy?...