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An update on amendments to federal environmental assessment laws 11/11/2013 Following public consultation on proposed amendments earlier this year, the federal government recently passed amendments to the Regulations Designating Physical Activities (RDPA). The RDPA are promulgated under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and are central to the act’s operation. Only projects that appear...

Second regional plan poses challenge for the Land Use Framework 11/6/2013 The Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (Draft SSRP) is a work in progress that must do more if it is to advance the Alberta Land Use Framework (LUF). This is the acid test. The South Saskatchewan is the most...

Pembina ruling shines spotlight on need for reform 10/4/2013 This week, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued a ruling on public engagement in environmental decision-making in Pembina Institute v. Alberta (Environment and Sustainable Resources Development), 2013 ABQB 567. While the decision is noteworthy because it found that...

Alberta’s new wetland policy: baby steps in an adult world 9/11/2013 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...

Federal laws protecting Canadian waters under threat 8/19/2013 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...

What would a good environmental assessment law look like? 7/30/2013 Federal omnibus budget bills passed in 2012 brought dramatic changes to environmental regulation, particularly in the area of environmental assessments. Many of us are wondering what this means for environmental protection in Canada. This remains to be...