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The false promise of the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan 1/6/2011 Published in Alberta Oil Magazine, January 2011 By Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre In the Lower Athabasca portion of the Alberta oil sands region, biodiversity is a live issue. The region is resource-rich and subject to large forestry...

Killer whale judgment released – Canada still has responsible government 12/10/2010 The Federal Court released a very important decision earlier this week on the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales and the protection of their habitat under federal Species At Risk Act (SARA). The Southern Resident Killer Whales are...

Update: Irrigation District allowed to sell its water 11/29/2010 As of November 18, 2010, Alberta environment has approved the Eastern Irrigation District’s application to change the purpose of its water licence from irrigation only to a variety of purposes.  The purposes added include municipal, agricultural, commercial, industrial, habitat “enhancement”,...

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...

ELC Comments on Bill 29, Alberta Parks Act 11/12/2010 Click here to read the ELC Comments on Bill 29, Alberta Parks Act. You can read the ELC's original comments (on the proposed legislation) by clicking here....

Synergy 2010 Conference follow Up 11/1/2010 Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel at the ELC, recently presented at the Synergy Alberta 2010 Conference in Red Deer. His session, “Access to Information in Alberta,” brought up questions and comments from attendees. Click here for a record of these questions and some...

International Year of Biodiversity closes on a depressing note 10/21/2010 The 193 UN parties to the 1993 Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) are meeting in Japan this month, including Canada. This coincides with the release of the United Nations Environment Programme, Environmental Law Division report entitled Ethics, Justice and...