The ELC Blog

Kyra Leuschen recently joined the Environmental Law Centre as staff counsel, and we want to introduce you to her and the work she is undertaking. Kyra Leuschen holds a B.A. with Honours from the University of Guelph and a J.D. from the University of Ottawa. She...

Rebecca Kauffman recently joined the Environmental Law Centre as staff counsel, and we want to introduce you to her and the work she is undertaking. Rebecca is a born and raised Edmontonian, who graduated law school at the University of Alberta. She also spent a year...

The Environmental Law Centre is publishing a series of educational materials concerning legal rights related to environmental quality. This work is in support of enacting laws that will foster environmental quality for future generations of Albertans. Environmental Rights Module 6: Access to Justice and the Right...

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...

  Going, Going… Gone Moving from Conversion to Conservation:  Stopping the Loss of Agricultural Lands in Alberta   In late 2017, the Alberta Land Institute issued its Economic Evaluation of Farmland Conversion and Fragmentation in Alberta, Summary of Findings (the “ALI Report”).  The ALI Report found that there has been...

Our energy footprints: carbon emissions and privacy We live in a data rich environment. We also leave a carbon footprint in our day to day lives. Current approaches to reducing emissions have focused on big emitters but evolving technology is enabling energy savvy consumers to save...

I have decided to return to my habit of lightheartedly looking back at the year. (Looking back on previous years I am struck by how many issue remain the same. see - 2015 2012  2011 ) To be sung to Walking in a Winter Wonderland.  I am the first...

 Amendments to the Environmental Powers of Municipalities:  What has Changed?  What Changes are on their Way?  Municipalities play a key role in managing and protecting Alberta’s environment through regulation of private land uses and through local land use planning. Because of this, we at the...