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Rio + 20 = 1867? Canada’s interesting math 6/22/2012 On the verge of the end of Rio +20 and the passage of the federal budget bill (C-38), I felt it worthwhile to do some math.  Rio +20 is intended to move “sustainable development” into 2012 and beyond.  Yet, Canada...

ATV roundup: Managing motorized recreation in Alberta 5/9/2012 Published in Wildlands Advocate, April 2012 By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre The first time I went into the Ghost watershed there were 15 centimetres of fresh snow on the ground and it was still falling. The only other...

The land gives us more than food, but can the law give back? 5/9/2012 Published in LawNow, May/June 2012 By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre Set foot on Ruzicka Sunrise Farm and something feels different. Whether it is the diversity of birds, the native prairie, or dugouts...

Environmental shock doctrine 5/2/2012 The 2012 federal Budget Bill is out. Once again it will change environmental laws in ways not directly related to government spending or savings. The bill is certain to pass, so why all the supporting rhetoric? If anything, zealous arguments in favor of...

Environmental groups respond to federal budget changes 5/1/2012 What exactly are the changes to environmental law proposed by the 2012 Budget (Bill c-38)?  Combing through a massive bill deters people from learning what it does, which is the whole point.  Fortunately, our friends at Ecojustice and West Coast Environmental...

Environmental assessment and duplication: “Don’t we have a photocopier?” 4/17/2012 There is significant rhetoric around how the federal and provincial governments have duplicative and therefore inefficient environmental assessment processes. The federal government has fully bought in on it and has indicated its intent to remove itself from many environmental...

Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development issues its report on the CEAA seven year review 3/21/2012 Last week, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development issued its report entitled Statutory Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act: Protecting the Environment, Managing our Resources. The report contains...