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Update on the MGA Review: Government releases first "What We Heard" document 8/20/2014 As indicated in previous posts, the Alberta government is currently reviewing the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Given the key role that municipalities play in the management and protection of Alberta’s environment, we have participated in this...

Clearing the air on recreation and public land 6/27/2014 I have been misrepresented by the Lethbridge Herald in the June 26th article “Nobody at the Wheel.” This needs to be corrected because providing the public with accurate legal information is my job. Managing recreational use of public land...

Cabinet approves the Northern Gateway project 6/24/2014 Late last year, the National Energy Board (NEB) released its decision on the Northern Gateway Project and recommended approval of the project subject to 209 conditions (see here for our summary of that decision). While the NEB conducted the public hearing and issued a...

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management 6/18/2014 Recommendations to Strengthen Alberta’s Municipal Government Act In Alberta, the powers and activities of municipalities are governed by theMunicipal Government Act (the MGA). The Government of Alberta is currently conducting a review of the MGA and, as part of this process, we made our written recommendations last...

Green Regs and Ham: Alberta Energy Regulator Year in Review 6/5/2014 Last month, over 100 environmental nonprofit leaders, regulatory lawyers and industry representatives gathered together to enjoy Green Regs & Ham in Calgary. This second-annual event featured Gerry Protti, Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator (the AER),...

Calgary likes Green Regs & Ham! 6/5/2014 In late May, over 100 environmental nonprofit leaders, regulatory lawyers and industry representatives gathered together to enjoy Green Regs & Ham in Calgary. This second-annual event featured Gerry Protti, Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator (the AER), who provided an...

Turning Around the Supertanker 6/4/2014 Municipal panel sheds light on environmental management challenges at Green Regs & Ham Three municipal leaders walk into a hotel: the urban mayor who is said to represent a growing interest in livable cities; the cowboy boot-wearing rural reeve with years of service...

Yet another denial of standing found unlawful 6/2/2014 BC court favors environmental groups, but “public interest standing” remains out of reach. In Gagne v. Sharpe a denial of standing by the BC Environmental Appeals Board was found to involve unfair process, unnecessary requirements and impossible evidentiary standards. This decision is significant to environmental advocates in Alberta...