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Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency seeks comments on its Cumulative Effects Guideline 1/13/2015 Following significant changes to the federal environmental assessment regime, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency) continues to revisit its policy and guideline documents.  Currently, the CEA Agency seeks public comments on its draft Technical Guidance...

 Omnibus budget bills that transformed Canada’s environmental laws visited by the Federal Court 12/22/2014   The Federal Court issued its decision in Courtoreille v Governor General in Council 2014 FC 1244 on December 19th.  In this case, Chief Steve Courtoreille – on behalf of himself and the Mikisew Cree First Nation...

Is Canada prepared to meet the challenges of the future? 10/20/2014   In recent months, there have been several interesting environmental law decisions issued by the Federal Court of Canada. In both Greenpeace Canada v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 FC 463 (CanLII) and Council of the Innu of Ekuanitshit v Canada...

Cabinet approves the Northern Gateway project 6/24/2014   Late last year, the National Energy Board (NEB) released its decision on the Northern Gateway Project and recommended approval of the project subject to 209 conditions (see here for our summary of that decision). While the NEB conducted the public hearing and issued a...

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management 6/18/2014   Recommendations to Strengthen Alberta’s Municipal Government Act   In Alberta, the powers and activities of municipalities are governed by theMunicipal Government Act (the MGA). The Government of Alberta is currently conducting a review of the MGA and, as part of this process, we made our written recommendations last...

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management 6/16/2014   It is the ELC’s view that municipalities have the potential to play a pivotal role in environmental management and protection in Alberta. Municipalities have the authority to control and regulate many private land uses. As well, municipalities have the responsibility for...

Quads on Lake Shores: What are the rules and the state of enforcement? 4/30/2014   The Alberta Lake Management Society has asked a good question.   It’s a timely one too, as awareness about the impacts of OHVs on watersheds peaks with the annual spring wetness.  There are definitely rules and some...

An overview of the Northern Gateway decision report 1/21/2014   The proposed Northern Gateway Project (the “Project”) consists of two pipelines and a marine terminal. The pipelines are anticipated to follow a 1 km wide route from Bruderheim in northern Alberta to Kitimat in northern B.C. covering over...

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...