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  Omnibus budget bills that transformed Canada’s environmental laws visited by the Federal Court 12/22/2014   The Federal Court issued its decision in Courtoreille v Governor General in Council 2014 FC 1244 on December 19th.  In this case, Chief Steve Courtoreille – on behalf of himself and the Mikisew Cree First Nation...

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management 6/18/2014 Recommendations to Strengthen Alberta’s Municipal Government Act In Alberta, the powers and activities of municipalities are governed by theMunicipal Government Act (the MGA). The Government of Alberta is currently conducting a review of the MGA and, as part of this process, we made our written recommendations last...

Quads on Lake Shores: What are the rules and the state of enforcement? 4/30/2014 The Alberta Lake Management Society has asked a good question. It’s a timely one too, as awareness about the impacts of OHVs on watersheds peaks with the annual spring wetness.  There are definitely rules and some...

Changes to Fisheries Act take effect November 25 11/26/2013 As part of its Omnibus Budget Bill last year, the government passed significant changes to the federal Fisheries Act which came into force November 25th (see Order in Council P.C. 2013-1107). These changes mark the end of the prohibition against the harmful alteration,...