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Who needs science when we have propaganda? 11/13/2012 A recent news report indicates that the federal government intends to spend $4 million to promote its environmental protection record.  In light of recent cuts to organizations that work for environmental protection, this is very frustrating to say the least. There are...

Single energy regulator bill a poor deal for Alberta’s environment 11/1/2012 Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act, which is intended to create aone window regulator that will “improve the energy regulation system for landowners, industry and the environment.” While this new...

Navigable waters may be litigable waters if Bill C-45 passes 10/19/2012 As has been widely reported, the second omnibus budget bill has been tabled in Parliament (Bill C-45).  Part of the Bill is aimed at amending the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) to focus its regulatory application on impacts on prescribed...

Rio + 20 = 1867? Canada’s interesting math 6/22/2012 On the verge of the end of Rio +20 and the passage of the federal budget bill (C-38), I felt it worthwhile to do some math.  Rio +20 is intended to move “sustainable development” into 2012 and beyond.  Yet, Canada...

Environmental shock doctrine 5/2/2012 The 2012 federal Budget Bill is out. Once again it will change environmental laws in ways not directly related to government spending or savings. The bill is certain to pass, so why all the supporting rhetoric? If anything, zealous arguments in favor of...

Environmental groups respond to federal budget changes 5/1/2012 What exactly are the changes to environmental law proposed by the 2012 Budget (Bill c-38)?  Combing through a massive bill deters people from learning what it does, which is the whole point.  Fortunately, our friends at Ecojustice and West Coast Environmental...