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Cumulative environmental defects 10/5/2011 The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development released a report yesterday covering the federal government’s climate change plans and cumulative environmental effects assessment of oil sands projects. The Commissioner identifies several significant deficiencies in federal environmental management. On the climate change side the Commissioner notes...

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan: Conservation areas mean something 9/2/2011 A Draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan has barely been public for a week and already the criticisms sound familiar: Conservation areas are based more on low value energy resources than high value wildlife habitat. Even then existing energy leases can be renewed. ...

The one-two punch for Alberta’s Caribou 9/2/2011 Within the past 7 days the federal and provincial governments published documents that may result in Alberta’s Woodland Caribou going down for the count.   These documents include the proposed federal Recovery Strategy for Woodland Caribou, Boreal population and the Draft Lower Athabasca Regional...

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...