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Alberta’s new wetland policy: baby steps in an adult world 9/11/2013   After a very long wait a new wetland policy for the province was released yesterday.  The policy is a step forward in managing Alberta’s wetlands as it is the first time a policy applies to the Green Area...

Federal laws protecting Canadian waters under threat 8/19/2013   It has been about a year since the federal government introduced Bills C-38 and C-45 which have weakened Canada’s environmental laws.   Among other things, Bill C-38 contained significant changes to the Fisheries Act.  Implementation of these changes means that the level...

“There’s no God-given right to mud-boggers” 5/17/2013   It’s May “two-four”:  begin the bush parties, litter, trucks in the river. . .  the real Fubar.  I wish I could find last year’s Sustainable Resource Development blog post about the perennial rotting couches. There will be liquor bans, fire bans, trail closures,...

Environmental groups denied standing on water appeals 4/25/2013   An appeal by Alberta Wilderness Association, Water Matters and Trout Unlimited ended when the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench found that the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) cannot grant “public interest standing” under the provincial Water Act. The groups sought to challenge a change to the purpose of water licenses that will allow Irrigation...

ELC Comments on the Government of Alberta's "Water Conversation" 3/28/2013   The Government of Alberta's "Water Conversations" are nearly complete (the online workbook is available until April 11th). These conversations have brought up many water management issues.   The ELC is pleased to provide comments regarding these issues and recommends using this...

ELC Comments on Regulating Unconventional Oil and Gas in Alberta Discussion Paper 3/27/2013   Click here to read ELC Comments on Regulating Unconventional Oil and Gas in AlbertaDiscussion Paper.   Click here to read the ERCB Discussion Paper.     ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTRE: The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been seeking strong and effective environmental...

Fish out of water: Fisheries Act changes reflect divergence of science and law 12/20/2012   Click here to read Fish out of water: Fisheries Act changes reflect divergence of science and law.   ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTRE: The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been seeking strong and effective environmental laws since it was...