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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...

A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law (Annotated Version) 1/21/2013 The ELC presents A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law (Annotated Version).   The Model Law incorporates environmentally sound principles, enabling sustainable decision-making to become part of Canada’s landscape. This version of the Model Law provides background discussion and commentary...

A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law (without annotations) 1/21/2013 The ELC presents A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law (without annotations).   The Model Law incorporates environmentally sound principles, enabling sustainable decision-making to become part of Canada’s landscape. A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law (without annotations) The Environmental Law Centre extends its...

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...

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...

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...