Water

When we talk about accountability we are, by necessity, drawn into the world of law. The word “accountable”, meaning “responsible; answerable” (Black’s Law dictionary 9th ed.), evokes the idea that we must pay the piper for unmet promises. Accountability is a cornerstone of...

By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel Federal Bill C-469, the Private Members’ proposal for a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, has passed second reading in the House of Commons and will be considered by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. Environmental bills of rights are emerging...

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...

The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the 'ducks in tailings pond' case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted. The public interest generated...

MEDIA ADVISORY Edmonton, AB, 21 April 2010 – Last month a public notice appeared on the Alberta Environment website that indicated that the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) had proposed changes to the purpose of its water license from irrigation only to a variety of purposes...