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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...

ELC Comments on the Statutory Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 3/28/2011   Click here to read ELC Comments on the Statutory Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (English)   Click here to read ELC Comments on the Statutory Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (French)   ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTRE: The Environmental...

Seven year review of CEAA: An update 3/21/2011   A comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) was due to be conducted in 2010 (by section 32 of Bill C-9: An Act to Amend the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act). With a late start, the...

We need an independent environmental protection and monitoring agency with teeth 1/13/2011   Given all of the recent reports on the Oilsands released late last year, including the Royal Society report (RSC), the Liberal report, the NDP report, the report released through the Pembina Institute on behalf of various environmental groups, and the...

Show me the money! 12/21/2010   Dealing daily with policy and regulation it is easy to get bogged down in the nuances and details of policy while blissfully ignoring the elephant in the room, i.e., money.  More specifically, this elephant is the importance of money to governance and...

The cumulative impacts of liquor stores and oilsands 11/26/2010   A recent Alberta Court of Appeal “leave to appeal” decision deals with the cumulative impacts of development…well the cumulative impact of having another liquor store in the Town of High River that is.   The case involved an application by the Town...

Navigable waters protection update 5/4/2010   A few months ago we posted about the Ministerial Order under the federal Navigable Waters Protection Act – ("Are Canadian Waterways Subject to Public Rights”) where we noted that this seemed to be a step away from treating all waterways equally in Alberta and Canada. ...

Now you CEAA- it, now you don’t 4/9/2010   Federal Budget Bill hides major changes in Environmental Assessment Law   The federal budget bill tabled on March 29th 2010 includes buried changes to the federal environmental assessment regime.  Bill C-9 is sweeping omnibus legislation, coming in at over 900 pages and 2000 sections.   While...