Environmental Law Tag

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 of protection for Canadian fisheries...

[caption id="attachment_1710" align="alignright" width="300"] Image courtesy of Rosemary Ratcliff / http://www.freedigitalphotos.net[/caption] Alberta Energy is now half-way through its consultation workshops on regulations under the Responsible Energy Development Act, which will set out process and rules for the new Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). The workshops will be...

A recent news report indicates that the federal government intends to spend $4 million to promote its environmental protection record.  In light of recent cuts to organizations that work for environmental protection, this is very frustrating to say the least. There are numerous examples of funding...

Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act,which is intended to create aone window regulator that will “improve the energy regulation system for landowners, industry and the environment.” While this new regulator would address energy development from initial applications to...

For many years, one of the most troublesome points in environmental law in Alberta has been the very narrow scope of standing, the right to participate in court, regulatory or other legal proceedings. This has been particularly evident in relation to energy development and proceedings...

The Environmental Law Centre recognizes that the environment is a public good that must be protected. The Environmental Law Centre’s Strategic Plan 2012-2015 references several core environmental principles that are required for strong and effective environmental laws, policies and legal processes. These core principles are: sustainability, precautionary...

[caption id="attachment_1161" align="alignright" width="225"] Image: Arvind Balaraman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net[/caption] 2012 will be a significant year for our environment. Political change is in the wind, a provincial election is coming, and Alberta is under pressure internally, nationally and internationally to demonstrate effective environmental stewardship and strong regulatory...

The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA), which provides the legal framework for the province’s new land use planning and management system, has been in effect for two years. During that time, a first regional plan has been released in draft form, with a second soon...