Climate and Energy

The polluter pays principle in Alberta: Where to from here?   You can now watch the recording of this video by clicking this link. or download the slides at this link.   Webinar: Jun 24, 2020 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Topic: The polluter pays principle in Alberta: Where...

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 Effective June 1st, A Coal Development Policy for Alberta (Coal Policy) has been rescinded (see...

The polluter pays principle in Alberta: Meeting economic challenges with regulatory certainty   To say these are “challenging times” is a gross understatement. Borders closed, energy prices in the basement, propping up the economy with public funds, and supporting individuals and firms to weather the pandemic driven economic...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

  Alberta has a crisis on its hands. A mountain of environmental obligations exists across the Alberta landscape. These obligations take the form of abandonment and reclamation (and remediation) requirements for the oil and gas sector; a sector under a cash crunch. Low resource prices have pushed...

Climate Change Litigation in Canada: Environnement Jeunesse v. Canada UPDATE   Background On November 26, 2018, ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU) filed an application with the Superior Court of Quebec for authorization against the Government of Canada (GOC) to bring a class action on behalf of all Quebec residents aged 35 and...