public interest Tag

As indicated in previous posts on this blog, the Alberta government has been actively reviewing the Municipal Government Act (MGA).  In their recent News Release, the Government has indicated that it will be introducing legislative amendments in May.   In addition, there will be several open...

The National Energy Board (the “NEB”) recently began its public engagement initiative relating to pipeline safety [the information about the cross-country engagement initiative in this blog post was gathered from the NEB’s website at www.neb-one.gc.ca ].  The NEB seeks public input on pipeline safety and...

This week, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued a ruling on public engagement in environmental decision-making in Pembina Institute v. Alberta (Environment and Sustainable Resources Development), 2013 ABQB 567. While the decision is noteworthy because it found that Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development...

[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...

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...

[caption id="attachment_1161" align="alignright" width="225" caption="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...

When the lawyers were figuring out a theme for this issue of News Brief, I couldn’t bring myself to tell them I didn’t know what they meant by “standing.”  I’m sure I’m not the only person who isn’t clear on the concept. After reading and editing...