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Notice – Summer Law Student Position   Accepting Applications for June – August 2020 Placement    Rate:    $20.00/hour   APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 29th 2020 The Environmental Law Centre invites applications from law students attending a Canadian university for a student research assistant position for June - August. Applicants must...

A Vavilov Primer: Changes to the Administrative Standard of Review   Administrative law can have a major impact on environmental law, given how many environmental issues are settled by administrative decision-makers. As a notable example, the Federal Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Tsleil-Waututh Nation v Canada...

Climate Change Litigation – 1 step forward, 2 steps back   Climate litigation is still very new and Canada did not see much of it until 2018 when one of the first Canadian climate lawsuits was filed, the case of Environnement Jeunesse v Canada.[1] This suit was...

Polluter pays principle in Alberta: A state of and a foundation for the future?   The ELC ‘s most recent report The Polluter Pays Principle in Alberta Law provides a summary of the polluter pays principle in Alberta law.   This report is provided as an introduction to...

Garbage. Waste.   It’s nothing new. In fact, typically, it’s something old, especially if you’re wanting to get rid of it! And if it’s smelly, make that as soon as possible! But have you ever thought about where your garbage goes after you put it out into the...

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...

Habitat Matters: Habitat laws, challenges and new directions   [su_box title="Habitat Matters webinar" style="default" box_color="#333333" title_color="#FFFFFF" radius="3" class="" id=""]Thank you for your interest in the Habitat Matters webinar that took place November 28. Link to the recording Link to the slide deck [/su_box] Habitat is essential to the survival...

Access to Environmental Justice: Costs and scientific uncertainty raise barriers to protecting communities   For Access to Justice week in Alberta (https://www.albertaaccesstojustice.com/) the ELC looks at how access to justice plays out in the environmental context.   What is Environmental Justice? Environmental justice, sometimes called environmental racism, is “the intentional...