Public Participation Tag

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...

Recommendations to Strengthen Alberta’s Municipal Government Act In Alberta, the powers and activities of municipalities are governed by the Municipal Government Act (the MGA). The Government of Alberta is currently conducting a review of the MGA and, as part of this process, we made our written...

[caption id="attachment_2290" align="alignright" width="300"] Gerry Protti at Green Regs & Ham, Calgary, 2014[/caption] Last week, over 100 environmental nonprofit leaders, regulatory lawyers and industry representatives gathered together to enjoy Green Regs & Ham in Calgary. This second-annual event featured Gerry Protti, Chair of the Alberta Energy...

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...

“Standing”:   Basically the right to a hearing.  Greatly in need of law reform. •  Are you a lawyer for parties that represent public viewpoints? •  Are you that party, whether environmental watchdog or concerned citizen? •  Have you had trouble participating in board hearings? The Environmental Law Centre has...

How does reviewing a board decision on a preliminary matter like standing differ from reviewing the substantive outcome of a hearing? On February 25, 2009, the ELC concluded its webinar series on public participation with the topic of going to court:   judicial review...