Public Participation

On the verge of the end of Rio +20 and the passage of the federal budget bill (C-38), I felt it worthwhile to do some math.  Rio +20 is intended to move “sustainable development” into 2012 and beyond.  Yet, Canada has just referred its sweeping...

What exactly are the changes to environmental law proposed by the 2012 Budget (Bill c-38)?  Combing through a massive bill deters people from learning what it does, which is the whole point.  Fortunately, our friends at Ecojustice and West Coast Environmental Law have identified Top 10 Concerns with...

The 2012 federal Budget Bill is out. Once again it will change environmental laws in ways not directly related to government spending or savings. The bill is certain to pass, so why all the supporting rhetoric? If anything, zealous arguments in favor of a sure...

Last week, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development issued its report entitled Statutory Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act: Protecting the Environment, Managing our Resources. The report contains 20 recommendations which are ostensibly designed to “streamline” the federal environmental assessment process. It should...

There is a mantra that I hear all too often in reference to environmental management. “We can’t manage what we don’t measure.” While I agree, it seems to be me that we rarely measure enough to make truly informed decisions, and things are getting worse....

Regulated access to public land in Alberta has undergone a major overhaul.  As of September 2011, the Public Lands Administration Regulation is in force under the Public Lands Act.  The new Regulation consolidates a patchwork of existing access regulations and provides sweeping new powers.  The first...

For many years, one of the most troublesome points in environmental law in Alberta has been the very narrow scope of standing, the right to participate in court, regulatory or other legal proceedings. This has been particularly evident in relation to energy development and proceedings...

The Environmental Law Centre recognizes that the environment is a public good that must be protected. The Environmental Law Centre’s Strategic Plan 2012-2015 references several core environmental principles that are required for strong and effective environmental laws, policies and legal processes. These core principles are: sustainability, precautionary...