The ELC Blog

In late 2009 the Alberta Government passed the Electric Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 50). This Act instituted significant changes for transmission line approval processes in Alberta. On March 10th, Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel with the Environmental Law Centre, presented a review and answered questions about this...

Court: the last resort. You opposed Alberta Environment’s decision to approve or refuse a regulated activity. Maybe there was no environmental impact assessment. Maybe an appeal to the Environmental Appeals Board was unsuccessful. On February 25th, 2010, Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel with the Environmental Law Centre,...

By Jessica Earle ctvedmonton.ca March 1, 2010 On Monday afternoon, lawyers made opening statements in what's expected to be a lengthy trial looking into the role Canada's largest single-source oil producer played in the deaths of 1,600 ducks. Syncrude entered a not guilty plea to both provincial and federal...

[caption id="attachment_47" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Photo by by Simon Howden"][/caption] In late 2009 the Alberta Government passed the Electric Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 50). This Act instituted significant changes for transmission line approval processes in Alberta. If you’re confused about what Bill 50 is and how...

In January the Supreme Court of Canada released a unanimous decision in the case of MiningWatch Canada v. Canada (Fisheries and Oceans), (2010 SCC 2). The case concerned whether a federal agency (or responsible authority) has the discretion to decide what type of environmental assessment...