Author: Brenda Heelan Powell

A bad start to Environment Week: Alberta rescinds its Coal Policy   Last  week we celebrated Environment Week but the Government of Alberta had an odd way of celebrating to say the least. Effective June 1st, A Coal Development Policy for Alberta (Coal Policy) has been rescinded (see...

Moving from Conversion to Conservation: ELC publishes Agricultural Lands Law and Policy in Alberta   [sdm_download id="90602" fancy="0"] Alberta’s agricultural lands support numerous social, economic and environmental benefits. Despite this, we have lost and continue to lose prime agricultural lands via conversion into developed uses.  As well, Alberta’s...

Where to from here?   More Green Regs and Ham in Calgary (October 24, 2019) On October 24, 2019 the Environmental Law Centre (ELC) hosted its Calgary Green Regs and Ham event. (Spring 2020 will see our law and policy breakfast feast in Edmonton). The breakfast discussion included...

Impact Assessment, the Canadian Energy Regulator & Navigable Waters:   An Overview of what was Bill C-69  and now is Law   What is Bill C-69? In response to significant changes made to federal environmental laws in 2012 by the previous government, the Liberal Party made an election campaign promise...

Loss Prevention vs. Replacement:  Alberta Needs a Policy Framework for Sustainable Agriculture   The ELC’s Role in Moving from Conversion to Conservation With the support of our donors and noted experts in the field, the ELC is currently working on a project exploring the challenges and opportunities for moving...

Moving from Conversion to Conservation: Intermunicipal Planning and Agricultural Lands   Alberta has lost and continues to lose valuable agricultural lands.  As found in the Alberta Land Institute’s Economic Evaluation of Farmland Conversion and Fragmentation in Alberta, Summary of Findings (the “ALI Report”), there has been significant...

The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Reports: Fall 2018 Edition   In late 2018, the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) released her Fall 2018 Reports.  There are four reports: Report 1: Toxic Substances, Report 2: Protecting Marine Mammals, Report 3: Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development...

ELC Regulatory Watch: MD of Pincher Creek denies Windy Point Wind Farm Development Permits   As part of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan (ALCP), the Government of Alberta has committed to have 30% of the province’s electrical power generated by renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro...

Alberta Energy Regulator finalizes new Methane Requirements for Upstream Oil and Gas   As set out in Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Bulletin 2018-37 issued December 13, new requirements meant to reduce methane emissions from the upstream oil and gas industry have been added to Directive 060: Upstream...

Environmental Rights in Alberta: Follow up on ELC's Webinar on the Interaction of Environmental Rights & Property Rights   On June 21st, we conducted a webinar based upon our most recent publication in the ELC’s Environmental Rights program, The Interaction of Environmental Rights & Property Rights. This webinar...

Environmental Rights in Alberta: The Interaction of Environmental Rights & Property Rights   As part of our series of educational materials concerning legal rights related to environmental quality, we have taken a look at the impacts of an Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) on property rights.  The Environmental...