Agriculture, Forestry & Mining

By Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel In all the talk about GHGs and contaminants from oilsands, it is often overlooked how significant the known impacts of Alberta’s heavy reliance on coal fired power are, or how urgently we need to switch to other forms of electricity generation....

By Laura Bowman and Jason Unger Earlier this week the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) released a lengthy report on the state of oilsands science and regulation in Alberta.  The report rightly notes the lack of data on such important issues as water quality, air quality,...

As of November 18, 2010, Alberta environment has approved the Eastern Irrigation District's application to change the purpose of its water licence from irrigation only to a variety of purposes.   The purposes added include municipal, agricultural, commercial, industrial, habitat "enhancement", and recreation in specified...

A recent Alberta Court of Appeal “leave to appeal” decision deals with the cumulative impacts of development…well the cumulative impact of having another liquor store in the Town of High River that is. The case involved an application by the Town for leave to appeal a...

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...

If you're like many Albertans, you're probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about climate change.  The most overdue questions may be about soil not oil. For example: How can agricultural producers participate in the carbon market? Will international ...

It’s “like” unconstitutional.  On March 1, 2010, trial began for the death of 1,600 ducks in a tailing pond at the Syncrude Aurora mine north of Fort McMurray.  Syncrude had filed notice of constitutional questions, and while it opened by attacking the overlap of federal...

By Jessica Earle ctvedmonton.ca March 1, 2010 On Monday afternoon, lawyers made opening statements in what's expected to be a lengthy trial looking into the role Canada's largest single-source oil producer played in the deaths of 1,600 ducks. Syncrude entered a not guilty plea to both provincial and federal...