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Bill C-311 the Climate Change Accountability Act: action or aspiration? 6/3/2010   On May 5, 2010 federal Parliament narrowly passed the opposition-driven Climate Change Accountability Act.  The event garnered little press attention – and for good reason.  First, the Act, a private member’s bill, passed by only 13 votes, with...

Update on federal Environmental Bill of Rights 5/10/2010   On Thursday, May 6th, a private members’ bill, C-469, An Act to establish  a Canadian Environmental of Rights, will have its first hour of debate in the House of Commons.   The Bill would provide Canadians with access to environmental information,...

Nuclear Energy Regulation (Slides) 5/4/2010   The Government of Alberta recently stated that it will consider nuclear development proposals. If a proposal is made in Alberta, what can your community expect to happen? How does the application and approval process work? If you’re asking these or similar questions,...

Navigable waters protection update 5/4/2010   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 Canada. ...

Update on federal Environmental Bill of Rights 5/1/2010   On Thursday, May 6th, a private members’ bill, C-469, An Act to establish  a Canadian Environmental of Rights, will have its first hour of debate in the House of Commons.   The Bill would provide Canadians with access to environmental information, substantive environmental...

Muddy Water II: Syncrude Ducks The Issue 4/30/2010   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....

Syncrude ducks the issue 4/30/2010   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...

Alberta Auditor General looks at managing Alberta’s water supply – compliance, wetland policy under scrutiny 4/27/2010   Last week, when local media were distracted with cell phone driving proposals, the Auditor General of Alberta released a comprehensive review of Alberta Environment’s management of the province’s water supply.   The Alberta Auditor General...

Water transfers require due process 4/21/2010   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...

Greenhouse Gas Roundup Part II (Slides and video) 4/16/2010   If you’re like many Albertans, you’re probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about climate change. The most overdue questions may be about soil not oil. For example:   How can agricultural producers participate in the carbon market? Will international climate...

Who gives a dam about hydro in Alberta? 4/10/2010   Recently the provincial government directed the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to hold an inquiry on the regulatory process for hydroelectric power generation development. The AUC’s April 14th Notice of Inquiry gives a May 7th deadline for submission of...