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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...

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...

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...

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...