Archive

The rivers be dammed, or is that damned? 8/6/2010 If we are serious about aquatic ecosystem health in the South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB) we have to really start talking about two things; irrigation and growth.  The South Saskatchewan River Basin in Alberta Water Supply Study (the Supply Study) outlines various...

Accountable for what? 7/20/2010 When we talk about accountability we are, by necessity, drawn into the world of law. The word “accountable”, meaning “responsible; answerable” (Black’s Law dictionary 9th ed.), evokes the idea that we must pay the piper for unmet promises. Accountability is a cornerstone of...

Environmental Rights: Bill C-469 moves forward 6/22/2010 Federal Bill C-469, the Private Members’ proposal for a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, has passed second reading in the House of Commons and will be considered by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. Environmental bills of rights are emerging across North America...

Navigable waters protection update 5/4/2010 A few months ago we posted about the Ministerial Order under the federal Navigable Waters Protection Act – ("Are Canadian Waterways Subject to Public Rights”) where we noted that this seemed to be a step away from treating all waterways equally in Alberta and Canada. ...

Muddy Water II: Syncrude Ducks The Issue 4/30/2010 The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the ‘ducks in tailings pond’ case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted....

Syncrude ducks the issue 4/30/2010 The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the ‘ducks in tailings pond’ case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted. The public interest...

Alberta Auditor General looks at managing Alberta’s water supply – compliance, wetland policy under scrutiny 4/27/2010 Last week, when local media were distracted with cell phone driving proposals, the Auditor General of Alberta released a comprehensive review of Alberta Environment’s management of the province’s water supply. The Alberta Auditor General...

Water transfers require due process 4/21/2010 MEDIA ADVISORY Edmonton, AB, 21 April 2010 – Last month a public notice appeared on the Alberta Environment website that indicated that the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) had proposed changes to the purpose of its water license from irrigation only to a variety of purposes...