Land Use

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...

Loss Prevention vs. Replacement:  Alberta Needs a Policy Framework for Sustainable Agriculture   The ELC’s Role in Moving from Conversion to Conservation With the support of our donors and noted experts in the field, the ELC is currently working on a project exploring the challenges and opportunities for moving...

Moving from Conversion to Conservation: Intermunicipal Planning and Agricultural Lands   Alberta has lost and continues to lose valuable agricultural lands.  As found in the Alberta Land Institute’s Economic Evaluation of Farmland Conversion and Fragmentation in Alberta, Summary of Findings (the “ALI Report”), there has been significant...

WEBINAR June 21: ELC presents the Interaction of Environmental Rights and Property Rights You are invited to an online Zoom webinar hosted by the Environmental Law Centre. When: Jun 21, 2018 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Topic: ELC presents the Interaction of Environmental Rights and...

  Going, Going… Gone Moving from Conversion to Conservation: Stopping the Loss of Agricultural Lands in Alberta   In late 2017, the Alberta Land Institute issued its Economic Evaluation of Farmland Conversion and Fragmentation in Alberta, Summary of Findings (the “ALI Report”).  The ALI Report found that there has been...

 Amendments to the Environmental Powers of Municipalities: What has Changed? What Changes are on their Way? Municipalities play a key role in managing and protecting Alberta’s environment through regulation of private land uses and through local land use planning. Because of this, we at the ELC have been actively...

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...

Market-Based Instruments & the Alberta Land Stewardship Act   The ELC is publishing a series of four volumes concerning Market-Based Instruments & the Alberta Land Stewardship Act.  This work is to encourage the use of MBIs in a way that benefits the environment and to identify what regulations...

Buying a Better Environment? Market-based instruments and property law   As part of our ongoing work on Market-Based Instruments, the Environmental Law Centre is pleased to introduce two new backgrounders to assist in understanding and implementing these tools. Property Law: Market-Based Instruments and the Alberta Land Stewardship Act...

Alberta Energy Regulator issues its Model for Regulatory Excellence   The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has recently issued The Alberta Model for Regulatory Excellence (the “Alberta Model”).   The Alberta Model  is based upon the AER’s Best-in-Class Initiative conducted by the University of Pennsylvania through its Penn Program...