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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...

NEB begins cross-country consultation on pipeline safety   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...

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...

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management 6/16/2014   It is the ELC’s view that municipalities have the potential to play a pivotal role in environmental management and protection in Alberta. Municipalities have the authority to control and regulate many private land uses. As well, municipalities have the responsibility for...

Turning Around the Supertanker 6/4/2014     Municipal panel sheds light on environmental management challenges at Green Regs & Ham   Three municipal leaders walk into a hotel: the urban mayor who is said to represent a growing interest in livable cities; the cowboy boot-wearing rural reeve with years of service...