Sustainable Communities

Spring Reports of the CESD   The Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) recently released her Spring 2018 Reports.  There are three Reports: Report 1: Salmon Farming; Report 2: Canada’s Preparedness to Implement the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals; and Report 3: Conserving Biodiversity along with The...

Picking up the PACE and Running with City Charters: Update on Municipal Government Act   As has been covered in several of our previous blog posts, the Municipal Government Act (MGA) has been undergoing review and revision for a few years now (see our most recent post...

The Environmental Law Centre is pleased to announce a new webinar series. The webinars are based on current areas of focus at the ELC and seek to address how laws and regulations can contribute to managing environmental impacts on habitat, water or air. Topics for the 2018...

  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...

Substantive environmental rights are not overly common and there are no rights to environmental quality in Alberta or Canada for that matter. This environmental rights module canvasses some of key questions related to substantive environmental rights and identifies some approaches taken elsewhere....

Substantive environmental rights are not overly common and there are no rights to environmental quality in Alberta or Canada for that matter. This environmental rights module canvasses some of key questions related to substantive environmental rights and identifies some approaches taken elsewhere....