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Timelines placed on federal comprehensive studies 6/23/2011 The Establishing Timelines for Comprehensive Studies Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act were recently published in the Canada Gazette.  These timelines apply to all Comprehensive Studies under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act except where the responsible authorities are the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or...

As the end of Environment Week approaches cynicism creeps in 6/10/2011 Environmental education and programs like the Government of Alberta’s One Simple Act are great…for what they are. I will generalize and say they are window dressing to a dire and economically costly discussion that should be occurring in...

Edmonton Food and Agriculture Policy Project 6/1/2011 On May 28th, a savvy Mayor used high noon at the Strathcona Farmers’ Market to launch the City of Edmonton’s Food and Agriculture Policy Project.  Flowing from The Way We Grow Municipal Development Plan, the Project will identify potential for urban agriculture on...

Environmental professionals and public participation 5/9/2011 An entire industry has developed in Canada that prepares environmental risk assessments and evaluations of impacts to wildlife and other species, water quality, recreational values, the costs and mechanisms of remediation of contaminated sites and so on.  There are growing problems...

What’s standing and why should you care? 4/14/2011 When the lawyers were figuring out a theme for this issue of News Brief, I couldn’t bring myself to tell them I didn’t know what they meant by “standing.”  I’m sure I’m not the only person who isn’t clear on...

Whyte Avenue fire affects local air quality 4/8/2011 At 4:00am on April 7, 2011, I woke up to smoke pouring through the vent in my bedroom.  Was my building on fire?  I stepped outside and saw firefighters in gas masks combating a black cloud less than a...

Environmental rights die for election 4/6/2011 The upcoming federal election puts an end to lawmaking in progress, including Bill C-469, the Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights.  The fact that this Private Members bill could have passed the House of Commons is a  success.  Canadians are increasingly recognizing...

Seven year review of CEAA: An update 3/21/2011 A comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) was due to be conducted in 2010 (by section 32 of Bill C-9: An Act to Amend the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act). With a late start, the...

Can Alberta learn from Fukushima?   http://elc.ab.ca/can-alberta-learn-from-fukushima/ 3/15/2011 Click here to read Can Alberta learn from Fukushima? on the ELC blog....

Canada Water Week and standing 3/14/2011 To kick off Canada Water Week (the 14th to the 22nd of March) with a legal spin I have borrowed a quote from a case from our southern neighbours in 1972.  At issue in Sierra Club v. Morton, 405 U.S. 727 was the standing of the non-government...