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Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta - Part I (Slides and video) 2/4/2010   How are decisions made to authorize industrial operations in Alberta? Who gets to use water and how? How can you get involved in those types of decisions?   The short answer is that Alberta Environment...

ALSA Q&A – How are Council Members chosen? 1/14/2010 Question How will the members of regional advisory councils be chosen? Answer Section 51 of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) provides for the appointment of a regional advisory council for a planning region, including the appointment of members to the council.  Cabinet...

ALSA Q&A – Compensation for participation? 1/14/2010 Question Is there compensation for participating in regional advisory council discussions/positions? Answer I’m going to break this question into two parts. Is there compensation provided to regional advisory council members? Is financial assistance provided to members of the public who wish to participate in public...

ALSA Q&A – Improved Aboriginal consultation? 1/14/2010 Question Are there elements of the Land-Use Framework or the Alberta Land Stewardship Act that will help to improve current gaps within the government related to aboriginal consultation? Answer As a preface to this answer, I want to remind readers that the Environmental Law Centre’s expertise is...

ALSA Q&A – Budget for landowner compensation? 1/14/2010   Question What would the expected budget allocation be for government payments to landowners resulting from easements, land value impacts, etc.?   Answer There is no right to compensation under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA)other than (1) what can be claimed in relation to conservation...

ALSA Q&A – Differences in regional plans? 1/14/2010   Question Is there a sense that regional plans would be allowed some significant differences depending on the region or is the government of Alberta more intent on streamlining planning across the province?   Answer So far, it appears that the regional plans will...

ALSA Q&A – Interim Measures? 1/14/2010   Question Can you confirm that there are no interim measures planned or in place with respect to the implementation of the regional plans?   Answer Section 9(2)(l) of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) provides that a regional plan can include “transitional or bridging arrangements”.  Cabinet has...

ALSA Q&A – Further recommendations from the ELC? 1/14/2010 Question Will the Environmental Law Centre prepare a brief report on the current performance of the Land-use Framework, future considerations and recommendations for the Alberta government and Cabinet? Answer The Centre has been following the Land-use Framework initiative from its beginning, and we have...

Moving past the tipping point: Alberta’s new land use system   12/10/2009 On December 9, 2009, Cindy Chiasson presented a webinar on Alberta's new land-use system. In it, she reviewed this system and discussed the Land Use Framework, the newAlberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA), and development of regional land...