Land Use

  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...

 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...

A wrap-up from October 3rd Green Regs 'n' Ham Who landed in the penalty box?   Tackling a topic that is of increasing concern to Albertans was on the agenda for an early morning breakfast talk on Tuesday, October 3rd 2017. Government representatives, environmental lawyers, industry professionals, law...

Market-Based Instruments & the Alberta Land Stewardship Act   The ELC is publishing a series of four volumes concerning Market-Based Instruments & the Alberta Land Stewardship Act.  This work is to encourage the use of MBIs in a way that benefits the environment and to identify what...

 By Chinomso Iliya-Ndule & Jason Unger   When a headline starts with “Taxpayers could be on hook…” people take notice (–funnily enough the headline changed during the drafting of this blog).  The article tells the story of continued financial repercussions of the downturn in oil prices and...

As part of our ongoing work on Market-Based Instruments, the Environmental Law Centre is pleased to introduce two new backgrounders to assist in understanding and implementing these tools. Property Law: Market-Based Instruments and the Alberta Land Stewardship Act Market-based instruments (MBIs) depend on the existence of...

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has recently issued The Alberta Model for Regulatory Excellence (the “Alberta Model”).   The Alberta Model  is based upon the AER’s Best-in-Class Initiative conducted by the University of Pennsylvania through its Penn Program on Regulation to assist the AER in developing...

 Market-Based Instruments Project Backgrounder Now Available In Alberta, the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) enables the use of MBIs for conservation and stewardship purposes. However, while theoretically favorable to MBIs, there is limited practical experience with these tools in Alberta. Throughout 2016, the ELC will conduct research...

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been involved with the Land Use Framework (LUF) and Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) from the beginning. Its activities have included commenting on several cumulative effect management frameworks and conducting research on this topic. The following feedback on the draft...