Land Use

Earlier in the year, prior to the provincial election, several amendments to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) were passed with a stated intention that additional amendments would follow this fall. However, given the change in government, the introduction of additional MGA amendments is being postponed...

Where will the province's regional plans be going with the new government?  It’s anyone’s guess at this stage.  Regardless, environmental information relevant to our region will continue to be collected by a variety of organizations (include government and non-government organizations).  This information should inform our environmental...

The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) interviewed Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Center (ELC), for the film "Oldman Goes to Hollywood", a visual story of change and stewardship in the watershed.  Adam spoke about the impacts of land use on water and emerging pressures on...

Earlier this month, the Alberta government introduced its proposed amendments to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) in the form of Bill 20: Municipal Government Amendment Act.  These amendments follow from several months of public consultation conducted by Municipal Affairs (details can be found on the...

The National Energy Board (the “NEB”) recently began its public engagement initiative relating to pipeline safety [the information about the cross-country engagement initiative in this blog post was gathered from the NEB’s website at www.neb-one.gc.ca ].  The NEB seeks public input on pipeline safety and...

South Saskatchewan Plan Avoids the Hard Choices In September 2014 the Government of Alberta released the first South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) made under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA). On January 17, 2015 I was honored to present some thoughts on the implications of the SSRP...