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Landfill intervener has genuine interest 9/30/2010   “Pity the fool who mess with Mr. T“. No, this is not the A-Team movie or television show.  This is the story of two St. Paul area residents and the Evergreen Regional Landfill, documented in the companion decisions of Re. Tomlinson (EAB Decision...

Gravel can be the pits! (Slides and handbook) 9/23/2010   Are you dealing with an Aggregate resources project in your community? Want to know more about what your options are?   On September 22nd Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre, presented information about how Aggregate is regulated...

Investors seek full disclosure on oil sands investments 9/9/2010   Published in Alberta Oil Magazine, September 2010 By Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre   In the wake of Syncrude Canada’s conviction for the death of approximately 1,600 ducks at the Aurora mine tailings pond, investors in oil and gas should...

Thinking outside the (single-use) bag: How Fort Mac’s ban came to be 9/2/2010   Sean Graham is the driving force behind the Single-Use Bag Bylaw that came into effect in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo yesterday.  He kindly provided the ELC with the following account of his experience participating in...

National pollutant data finally released, sort of 8/13/2010   In 2009 MiningWatch Canada won a federal court case launched in 2007 regarding whether or not mining companies had to report the pollution they released into their tailings ponds.  The federal court in 2009 ordered mining companies to report pollution data like other...

The rivers be dammed, or is that damned? 8/6/2010   If we are serious about aquatic ecosystem health in the South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB) we have to really start talking about two things; irrigation and growth.  The South Saskatchewan River Basin in Alberta Water Supply Study (the Supply Study) outlines various...

Accountable for what? 7/20/2010   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...

We should take gravity more seriously. 7/7/2010   No, not the apple on the head gravity, rather the gravity of potential harms arising from human activities on the environment.  Recent history has shown that decision makers tend to overlook the potentially grave consequences of their decisions.  The BP...

Environmental Rights: Bill C-469 moves forward 6/22/2010   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 across North America...