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Perhaps you’ve read a few of Jason’s blog posts and wondered about his unique sense of humour and talent with the written word. Jason has been staff counsel with the ELC for more than 10 years. We are delighted that Jason will now bring his...

The ELC is pleased to announce publication of its Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment.   In recent years, federal environmental assessment law has undergone radical changes resulting in a reduced number and scope of federal environmental assessment. Consequently, the provinces are positioned to take...

The election is behind us and a new majority government is before us.  There will undoubtedly be a time of listening and learning across the province: within government, within industry, within non-government organizations, among all Albertans. What are some of the possible new directions for environmental policy?...

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to participate in the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)’s Best-in-Class Initiative. This initiative is being conducted by the University of Pennsylvania through its Penn Program on Regulation to develop the tools and framework necessary for the AER to become...

At the recent 2015 Canadian Bar Association Symposium on "Environment in the Courtroom” in Calgary, I delivered a presentation on the topic “Judicial Notice of Climate Change”.  The presentation focused on the question of whether or not courts have accepted climate change as a scientific fact so that...

Pollution pocketbook is a short blog series regarding how our laws and policies incorporate the polluter pays principle. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="270"] Imperial Refinery, Calgary, AB, Canada. Dept. of Mines and Technical Surveys / Library and Archives Canada / PA-015634[/caption] The polluter pays principle (PPP) is...

In celebration of Canadian Water Day last March 22, 2015, the Strathcona County invited Jason Unger, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre, to participate in a water panel discussion on the nature of complex water concerns in the North Saskatchewan River Basin as well...

[caption id="attachment_2491" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo credit: waynerd / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND[/caption] In today’s Calgary Herald: “Prentice confident Springbank dry dam most cost-effective option to protect Calgary.” The article outlines the reasons behind building a dry reservoir around Springbank in an effort to mitigate flooding in Calgary....