The ELC Blog

On Thursday, May 6th, a private members’ bill, C-469, An Act to establish  a Canadian Environmental of Rights, will have its first hour of debate in the House of Commons. The Bill would provide Canadians with access to environmental information, substantive environmental rights and rights to...

A few months ago we posted about the Ministerial Order under the federal Navigable Waters Protection Act - ("Are Canadian Waterways Subject to Public Rights") Where we noted that this seemed to be a step away from treating all waterways equally in Alberta and...

When contaminated land is remediated and re-used, one of the biggest concerns for owners and developers is whether the government will hold them liable in the future for the land’s condition, especially if remediation standards change.  In 2009, Alberta Environment introduced the remediation certificate as...

The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the 'ducks in tailings pond' case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted. The public interest generated...

Recently the provincial government directed the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to hold an inquiry on the regulatory process for hydroelectric power generation development. The AUC’s April 14th Notice of Inquiry gives a May 7th deadline for submission of statements of intent to participate (SIP). Are you...

MEDIA ADVISORY Edmonton, AB, 21 April 2010 – Last month a public notice appeared on the Alberta Environment website that indicated that the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) had proposed changes to the purpose of its water license from irrigation only to a variety of purposes...