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Who gives a dam about hydro in Alberta? 4/10/2010 Recently the provincial government directed the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to hold an inquiry on the regulatory process for hydroelectric power generation development. The AUC’s April 14th Notice of Inquiry gives a May 7th deadline for submission of...

Syncrude muddies the waters 3/4/2010 It’s “like” unconstitutional.  On March 1, 2010, trial began for the death of 1,600 ducks in a tailing pond at the Syncrude Aurora mine north of Fort McMurray.  Syncrude had filed notice of constitutional questions, and while it opened by attacking the...

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper podcast on environmental prosecutions 3/16/2010 Environmental prosecutions are making headlines again as Syncrude finds itself in court in Alberta. The company has contaminated ponds at its tar sands site in Alberta and is facing charges from both the provincial and federal governments after 1600...

Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta - Part I (Slides and video) 2/4/2010 How are decisions made to authorize industrial operations in Alberta? Who gets to use water and how? How can you get involved in those types of decisions? The short answer is that Alberta Environment...

Consistency and Accountability in Implementing Watershed Plans in Alberta: A jurisdictional review and recommendations for reform 1/29/2010 Collaborative watershed planning has been adopted across much of North America as the method of managing water and land in an integrated fashion. The Government of Alberta joined the collaborative...

Are Canadian waterways subject to public rights? 12/10/2009 The Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) has existed since 1882 and is one of the oldest pieces of legislation in Canada.  Public common law rights to navigate water bodies have existed for over a thousand years, and have been adopted into...

Worth Our Salt: Tightening constraints on water supplies call into question the legal line drawn between saline and pure sources 7/3/2009 Published in Alberta Oil Magazine Summer 2009 By Jason Unger As a food preservative, salt has been essential to civilization. It is no accident that the word “salary” derives from...