The ELC Blog

A Vavilov Primer: Changes to the Administrative Standard of Review     Administrative law can have a major impact on environmental law, given how many environmental issues are settled by administrative decision-makers. As a notable example, the Federal Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Tsleil-Waututh Nation v Canada...

Let’s Show our Love for Wetlands   While February is best known for celebrating love on Valentines’ Day, it is also the month we express our love for wetlands with World Wetlands Day. World Wetlands Day celebrates the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands which entered into...

Climate Change Litigation – 1 step forward, 2 steps back   Climate litigation is still very new and Canada did not see much of it until 2018 when one of the first Canadian climate lawsuits was filed, the case of Environnement Jeunesse v Canada.[1] This suit was...

Woodland Caribou vs. Everybody   When you think of Canada and its wildlife, there are a few iconic animal species that might immediately come to mind. Perhaps you think of the beaver, the grizzly bear, or the orca, or perhaps, you think of the caribou. Caribou are rarely...

Garbage. Waste. It’s nothing new. In fact, typically, it’s something old, especially if you’re wanting to get rid of it! And if it’s smelly, make that as soon as possible! But have you ever thought about where your garbage goes after you put it out into the...

Habitat Matters: Habitat laws, challenges and new directions   Thank you for your interest in the Habitat Matters webinar that took place November 28. Link to the recording Link to the slide deck     Habitat is essential to the survival of all species. Our activities across the landscape have...

Access to Environmental Justice: Costs and scientific uncertainty raise barriers to protecting communities For Access to Justice week in Alberta (https://www.albertaaccesstojustice.com/) the ELC looks at how access to justice plays out in the environmental context.   What is Environmental Justice? Environmental justice, sometimes called environmental racism, is “the intentional...

Impact Assessment, the Canadian Energy Regulator & Navigable Waters: An Overview of what was Bill C-69  and now is Law   What is Bill C-69? In response to significant changes made to federal environmental laws in 2012 by the previous government, the Liberal Party made an election campaign promise...