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AUC not GHG 1/8/2011 The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has denied an application by Capital Power to amend greenhouse gas emission conditions for the Genesee 3 coal-fired power plant.  These were voluntary commitments to offset emissions that were made before the enactment of provincial reduction regulations.  The AUC heard...

RSC Report: Science, regulation and the precautionary principle 12/18/2010 Earlier this week the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) released a lengthy report on the state of oilsands science and regulation in Alberta.  The report rightly notes the lack of data on such important issues as water quality, air...

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...

Time to apply ‘polluter pays’ principle 11/8/2010 Edmonton Journal November 7, 2010 Re: “Good call on carbon-capture liability,” Opinion, Nov. 3. The Journal editorial fails to consider a core principle regarding how we should treat our environment. That is: a polluter should pay for management of waste streams...

Landfill intervener has genuine interest 9/30/2010 “Pity the fool who mess with Mr. T“. No, this is not the A-Team movie or television show.  This is the story of two St. Paul area residents and the Evergreen Regional Landfill, documented in the companion decisions of Re. Tomlinson (EAB Decision...

National pollutant data finally released, sort of 8/13/2010 In 2009 MiningWatch Canada won a federal court case launched in 2007 regarding whether or not mining companies had to report the pollution they released into their tailings ponds.  The federal court in 2009 ordered mining companies to report pollution data like other...

Environmental Rights: Bill C-469 moves forward 6/22/2010 Federal Bill C-469, the Private Members’ proposal for a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, has passed second reading in the House of Commons and will be considered by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. Environmental bills of rights are emerging across North America...

Bill C-311 the Climate Change Accountability Act: action or aspiration? 6/3/2010 On May 5, 2010 federal Parliament narrowly passed the opposition-driven Climate Change Accountability Act.  The event garnered little press attention – and for good reason.  First, the Act, a private member’s bill, passed by only 13 votes, with...

Syncrude ducks the issue 4/30/2010 The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the ‘ducks in tailings pond’ case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted. The public interest...