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Is federal environmental protection keeping pace with resource development? 2/12/2013 The answer seems to be NO. The most recent Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (the “Report”) was tabled last week. The Report examines three federal programs which are meant to ensure that natural resource development...

What would a good environmental assessment law look like? (Video) 1/30/2013 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...

The story of Caribou policy in action, or is that inaction 1/29/2013 A recent story of a road being built in the Little Smokey Caribou range reflects the provincial government’s narrative of the demise of a species.  It reflects a disconnect between policy and action, both federally and provincially,...

Who needs science when we have propaganda? 11/13/2012 A recent news report indicates that the federal government intends to spend $4 million to promote its environmental protection record.  In light of recent cuts to organizations that work for environmental protection, this is very frustrating to say the least. There are...

Single energy regulator bill a poor deal for Alberta’s environment 11/1/2012 Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act, which is intended to create aone window regulator that will “improve the energy regulation system for landowners, industry and the environment.” While this new...

Navigable waters may be litigable waters if Bill C-45 passes 10/19/2012 As has been widely reported, the second omnibus budget bill has been tabled in Parliament (Bill C-45).  Part of the Bill is aimed at amending the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) to focus its regulatory application on impacts on prescribed...

Optimistic policy is not what Woodland Caribou need 10/10/2012 The federal Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal population, in Canada was posted recently and the outlook remains bleak for Alberta’s caribou herds. The focus of much of much of the Recovery Strategy is rightly on...