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New research on public health implications of coal power 2/21/2011 New research published in Environmental Health Perspectives this month compares public health gains from electricity consumption versus impacts of high electricity consumption. It suggests coal fired power use is linked to higher infant mortality. The study concludes that increased...

Fighting gravel applications in Alberta – Guest blog 2/14/2011 January 20, 2011 was a good day for watersheds; it was the day that we stopped one of the gravel applications from going ahead in our community. My name is Dale Christian and I am a member of...

Updates 1/18/2011 Here are some updates on previous blog posts compiled by Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the ELC. The David Suzuki v. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (Killer Whale protection) case is being appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal. The Eastern Irrigation District approval for change of purpose is under appeal to...

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...

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”,...

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...