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Is the federal government protecting Canada’s national heritage? Fall 2013 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development 11/20/2013 Earlier this month, the Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (the “Report”) was released.   This Report is the first issued since the departure of...

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...