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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,...

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 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...

Core principles for environmental assessment 3/12/2012   Following on the heels of a disappointing process for the seven-year review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”), core principles for environmental assessment laws have been endorsed by numerous environmental groups across Canada. The core principles for environmental assessment are:   1. adopt sustainability as the...

Is basic science taking a back seat in policy development? 3/2/2012   There is a mantra that I hear all too often in reference to environmental management. “We can’t manage what we don’t measure.” While I agree, it seems to be me that we rarely measure enough to...

ELC Comments on Statutory Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 11/21/2011   Click here to read ELC Comments on Statutory Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.     ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTRE: The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been seeking strong and effective environmental laws since it was founded in 1982....

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...