Environmental Assessment

Whirling disease and the law: a call for precautionary environmental management on World Water Day   Invasive species are a huge challenge for our ever shrinking world.  Whirling disease being found in the Bow River brings this challenge into stark reality for Alberta.  This blog is sparked by...

This post provides an overview of the Liberal environmental platform which can be read in its entirety in the document entitled Real Change: A New Plan for Canada’s Environment and Economy. According to its platform on environmental matters, the new federal Liberal government will be focused...

[caption id="attachment_2491" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo credit: waynerd / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND[/caption] In today’s Calgary Herald: “Prentice confident Springbank dry dam most cost-effective option to protect Calgary.” The article outlines the reasons behind building a dry reservoir around Springbank in an effort to mitigate flooding in Calgary....

Following significant changes to the federal environmental assessment regime, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency) continues to revisit its policy and guideline documents.  Currently, the CEA Agency seeks public comments on its draft Technical Guidance for Assessing Cumulative Environmental Effects under the Canadian Environmental...

Earlier this month, the Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (the “Report”) was released.   This Report is the first issued by Julie Gelfand, the recently appointed Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development. Several important questions are posed in the Report (page 1)....

In recent months, there have been several interesting environmental law decisions issued by the Federal Court of Canada. In both Greenpeace Canada v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 FC 463 (CanLII) and Council of the Innu of Ekuanitshit v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 FCA 189 (CanLII),...

Reflecting on 2013 one is struck with some noteworthy developments in environmental law and policy.  Here are some highlights (or in most cases low lights) Federal law the federal Fisheries Act amendments to the "HADD" (Harmful, alteration, disruption and destruction) prohibitions (s.35) came into force.   An unfortunate...