Water

After a very long wait a new wetland policy for the province was released yesterday.  The policy is a step forward in managing Alberta’s wetlands as it is the first time a policy applies to the Green Area (public land) of the province.  Beyond that only...

It has been about a year since the federal government introduced Bills C-38 and C-45 which have weakened Canada’s environmental laws.Among other things, Bill C-38 contained significant changes to the Fisheries Act.  Implementation of these changes means that the level of protection for Canadian fisheries...

Water brokerage puts water conservation at risk. An appeal by Alberta Wilderness Association, Water Matters and Trout Unlimited  ended when the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench found that the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) cannot grant “public interest standing” under the provincial Water Act. The groups sought to challenge...

Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act,which is intended to create aone window regulator that will “improve the energy regulation system for landowners, industry and the environment.” While this new regulator would address energy development from initial applications to...

As has been widely reported, the second omnibus budget bill has been tabled in Parliament (Bill C-45).  Part of the Bill is aimed at amending the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) to focus its regulatory application on impacts on prescribed navigable waters (listed in a...