Environmental Assessment

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...

Science and impact assessment: Green Regs and Ham THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER. [perfectpullquote align="full" bordertop="false" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""]Science is the foundation of impact assessment, and we have failed to properly build this foundation in our law and in impact assessment practice.   If we improve...

Overhaul of Alberta’s Remediation Certificate Regulation   On June 1, 2018 the Government of Alberta passed the Remediation Certificate Amendment Regulation by Order in Council. This regulation updates the current Remediation Certificate Regulation and re-names it the Remediation Regulation. The changes introduced by the Remediation Regulation are...

Bill 69 and the Impact Assessment Act: public trust regained or more of the same   The Government of Canada’s promise to review the 2012 changes to various federal environmental laws has now come to fruition (see our summary of the 2012 changes here and here).  This review...

Back to what we once HADD: Fisheries Act Amendments are Introduced   Since the 1970s, section 35 of the Fisheries Act operated to protect fish and fish habitat throughout Canada by prohibiting the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat (the HADD provision). Up to 2012, the...

In early November, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its much anticipated decision in Ktunaxa Nation v British Columbia (Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations).   In this case, the Ktunaxa sought review of a British Columbia Ministerial decision to approve the development of a year-round...

A wrap-up from October 3rd Green Regs 'n' Ham Who landed in the penalty box?   Tackling a topic that is of increasing concern to Albertans was on the agenda for an early morning breakfast talk on Tuesday, October 3rd 2017. Government representatives, environmental lawyers, industry professionals, law...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 University of Calgary Downtown Campus 910 8 Ave. SW, Calgary 7:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast buffet 7:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction 7:45 a.m. Panel discussion 9:00 a.m. Wrap up, Coffee and Networking   [btnsx id="19487"]     When we think hockey fights, we think instigators, enforcers, refs, and penalties. When we think...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 University of Calgary Downtown Campus 910 8 Ave. SW, Calgary 7:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast buffet 7:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction 7:45 a.m. Panel discussion 9:00 a.m. Wrap up, Coffee and Networking From orphaned well sites to former creosote plants, municipalities face multiple challenges, legal, financial and...

Federal Response to the Environmental Assessment, the National Energy Board, the Navigation Protection Act and Fisheries Act Reviews     The Government of Canada is currently reviewing several federal environmental and regulatory processes (see here): federal environmental assessment processes; the National Energy Board (the “NEB”); the Fisheries Act;...

Highlights of Federal Environmental Legislation Reviews: Reports released for the Environmental Assessment, the National Energy Board, the Navigation Protection Act and Fisheries Act Reviews   The Government of Canada is currently reviewing several federal environmental and regulatory processes (see here). These include reviews of: federal environmental assessment processes; ...