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Managing recreation on public land: How does Alberta compare? 12/11/2015 Have you ever wondered if recreational use of public land is managed differently, and perhaps better, in places other than Alberta? Do you believe that the law is a factor in such differences?   Recreational use of public land...

The National Energy Board (the “NEB”) recently began its public engagement initiative relating to pipeline safety [the information about the cross-country engagement initiative in this blog post was gathered from the NEB’s website at http://www.neb-one.gc.ca ].  The NEB seeks public input on pipeline safety and environmental...

The Regional ‘Plan to Plan’ 1/26/2015 In September 2014 the Government of Alberta released the first South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) made under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act(ALSA). On January 17, 2015 I was honored to present some thoughts on the implications of the SSRP to the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society.   The Ghost...

Calmar: What lies beneath? 12/9/2014 Yesterday the Edmonton Journal ran a piece called “Five years, five homes demolished and gas keeps bubbling from the deep.” It’s a story about any homeowner’s nightmare: old oil and gas wells leaking under and near homes in Calmar. Most land in Alberta...

Update on the MGA Review: Government releases first "What We Heard" document 8/20/2014 As indicated in previous posts, the Alberta government is currently reviewing the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Given the key role that municipalities play in the management and protection of Alberta’s environment, we have participated in this...

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...