Land Use

Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel at the ELC, recently presented at the Synergy Alberta 2010 Conference in Red Deer. His session, "Access to Information in Alberta," brought up questions and comments from attendees. Click here for a record of these questions and some resources (PDF)....

The 193 UN parties to the 1993 Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) are meeting in Japan this month, including Canada. This coincides with the release of the United Nations Environment Programme, Environmental Law Division report entitled Ethics, Justice and the Convention on Biodiversity.  The report looks...

University of Calgary Faculty of Law Sep 28 2010 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm The Faculty of Law invites you to a free lecture by… Professor Joseph L. Sax Berkeley Law, University of California “Climate change" and “loss of global biodiversity” are the watchwords of our time. Is the price we must pay...

In 2009 MiningWatch Canada won a federal court case launched in 2007 regarding whether or not mining companies had to report the pollution they released into their tailings ponds.  The federal court in 2009 ordered mining companies to report pollution data like other industries have...

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...