Cumulative Effects

(adapted from Twas the Night Before Christmas, C. Moore or H. Livingston) Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, definitely not a Greater Sage Grouse The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that a wetland policy soon...

The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development released a report yesterday covering the federal government’s climate change plans and cumulative environmental effects assessment of oil sands projects. The Commissioner identifies several significant deficiencies in federal environmental management. On the climate change side the Commissioner notes...

Within the past 7 days the federal and provincial governments published documents that may result in Alberta’s Woodland Caribou going down for the count.   These documents include the proposed federal Recovery Strategy for Woodland Caribou, Boreal population and the Draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP). So...

The Establishing Timelines for Comprehensive Studies Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act were recently published in the Canada Gazette.  These timelines apply to all Comprehensive Studies under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act except where the responsible authorities are the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or...

Last month the Report of the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy Shaping Alberta’s Future outlined five “big” ideas to further provincial economic diversification and growth.   One of them is to create the Alberta Water Authority to “innovate in water stewardship, and realize the full benefit...

Environmental education and programs like the Government of Alberta’s One Simple Act are great…for what they are.   I will generalize and say they are window dressing to a dire and economically costly discussion that should be occurring in government, in media and across all sectors...

[caption id="attachment_886" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Sprague's Pipit (Wildearth Guardians) "][/caption] The latest ecosystem status and trends report for Canada, released last fall, indicates rapid decline of native grasslands.  Grasslands are among the most endangered ecologies in the world and in Canada. Many grassland species are endangered under the...

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has denied an application by Capital Power to amend greenhouse gas emission conditions for the Genesee 3 coal-fired power plant.  These were voluntary commitments to offset emissions that were made before the enactment of provincial reduction regulations.  The AUC heard...