Water

THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER. FOR THE OCTOBER 24 2019 EVENT PLEASE VISIT: https://elc.ab.ca/where-to-from-here-save-the-date-for-green-regs-n-ham-calgary-october-24-2019-2/     NOTE - TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED Coastal environmental concerns are highly relevant to land locked Alberta, but rarely do we discuss them. Join the ELC and our guest speakers to look beyond Alberta’s...

Future Flows: maintaining environmental flows through precaution and adaptation   The Environmental Law Centre is calling for a rethinking of water law and policy in Alberta.  The ELC's report Future Flows: climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta’s water law explores existing legal mechanisms to deal with maintaining...

Groundwater sustainability: evolving groundwater policy and regulation for Alberta   Groundwater management in Alberta is governed by a wide variety of regulation and policy.  Sustainable groundwater management is challenged by isolated reviews of water yield, a lack of information (leading to uncertainty in decision making and risk...

Pickerel, Pipelines and Pancakes: A Summary of ELC's Green Regs and Ham breakfast discussion   “For too long Alberta has been forced to accept drastically reduced prices for our iconic fish-flavoured flat-cakes due to a lack of access to lucrative Asian breakfast markets.” With such an introduction and welcome...

Delay, Environmental Offences and Private Prosecutions   A case comment on the impact of Jordan in two recent environmental cases:  R. v. The Lake Louise Ski Area Ltd., 2017 ABPC 262 and R. v. HMTQ, Executive Flight Centre et al. BCPC File No: 25268   The Supreme Court of Canada’s...

Federal Government Discussion Paper on the Reviews 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...

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; ...

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...

Supreme Court of Canada issues Decision in Jessica Ernst’s Claim for Charter Damages   On January 13th, in Ernst v. Alberta Energy Regulator, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision regarding Jessica Ernst’s claim for damages pursuant to s. 24(1) of the Charter. Ernst alleges that...

Water Conservation Trust of Canada v Alberta (Environmental Appeals Board), 2015 ABQB 686. In 2010 the Water Conservation Trust of Canada applied under the Water Act to have a licenced allocation of water transferred to the organization for “habitat enhancement, recreation, fish and wildlife management and water...

[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....