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Alberta Government puts $5m toward conservation easements 8/10/2011   A recent media release indicates that the Government of Alberta has created a Land Trust Grant program for the purchase and management of conservation easements.  Conservation easements are used to protect the environmental values of land, typically in perpetuity, while allowing...

Court wonders why some caribou herds need not survive 8/4/2011   A recent decision of the Federal Court has resulted in the setting aside of the federal Minister of Environment’s decision not to recommend to the Governor in Council that an emergency protection order be issued under the Species at Risk...

Nuclear Power Regulation in Alberta and Saskatchewan (Slides) 7/5/2011   Are you wondering how nuclear power facilities are regulated in Canada? Are you confused about how provincial and federal environmental laws apply to nuclear power facilities?   On July 4th 2011 Laura Bowman, Environmental Law Centre Staff Counsel, presented a...

Timelines placed on federal comprehensive studies 6/23/2011   The Establishing Timelines for Comprehensive Studies Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act were recently published in the Canada Gazette.  These timelines apply to all Comprehensive Studies under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act except where the responsible authorities are the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or...

The Alberta Water Authority: Should the idea sink or swim? 6/23/2011   Last month the Report of the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy Shaping Alberta’s Future outlined five “big” ideas to further provincial economic diversification and growth.   One of them is to create the Alberta Water Authority to “innovate in water...

Timelines placed on federal comprehensive studies 6/23/2011   The Establishing Timelines for Comprehensive Studies Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act were recently published in the Canada Gazette.  These timelines apply to all Comprehensive Studies under theCanadian Environmental Assessment Act except where the responsible authorities are the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or the...

As the end of Environment Week approaches cynicism creeps in 6/10/2011   Environmental education and programs like the Government of Alberta’s One Simple Act are great…for what they are. I will generalize and say they are window dressing to a dire and economically costly discussion that should be occurring in...

Edmonton Food and Agriculture Policy Project 6/1/2011   On May 28th, a savvy Mayor used high noon at the Strathcona Farmers’ Market to launch the City of Edmonton’s Food and Agriculture Policy Project.  Flowing from The Way We Grow Municipal Development Plan, the Project will identify potential for urban agriculture on...

Alberta Conservation Association: Conservation travel app makes Alberta’s wild outdoors accessible to everyone 5/18/2011   EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – May 12, 2011) - Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) just launched the Alberta Outdoor Adventure Guide iPhone travel app. The app profiles over 700 Conservation Site destinations across Alberta and is available free on...

“Water exchange” vs. money for a licence – regardless the environment needs law and policy to evolve 5/12/2011   There has been a bit of a media fury around the idea of a “water exchange” in recent days.  First, the chairman of Nestle proclaimed Alberta a great place to...

Environmental professionals and public participation 5/9/2011   An entire industry has developed in Canada that prepares environmental risk assessments and evaluations of impacts to wildlife and other species, water quality, recreational values, the costs and mechanisms of remediation of contaminated sites and so on.  There are growing problems...

What’s standing and why should you care? 4/14/2011   When the lawyers were figuring out a theme for this issue of News Brief, I couldn’t bring myself to tell them I didn’t know what they meant by “standing.”  I’m sure I’m not the only person who isn’t clear on...