Copyright, Privacy and Disclaimer

Copyright and Privacy



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An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

By default WordPress and the website do not share any personal data with anyone.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Visitor comments are checked through an automated spam detection service.

Copyright and Permission to Reproduce

The material on this site is protected by Canadian laws, including the Copyright Act, R.S.C. 1985, C-42, and by international agreements. In specific instances, these laws and agreements prohibit reproduction of material without written permission. These laws and agreements also protect material from being distorted or otherwise modified.

Non-commercial Reproduction

Information on this site has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for personal and public non-commercial use. As such, this information may be reproduced in whole or in part, without charge or further permission from the Environmental Law Centre. However, we ask users to:

  • exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the material reproduced;
  • identify the Environmental Law Centre as the source of the material;
  • do not alter the text;
  • do not represent the reproduction as an official version of the material reproduced, nor as having been made in affiliation with or with the endorsement of the Environmental Law Centre.


Commercial Reproduction

Reproduction of multiple copies of material on this site, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution is prohibited except with the written permission of the Environmental Law Centre. To obtain permission to reproduce material on this site for commercial purposes, please contact:  Environmental Law Centre #410, 10115 100a Street Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5J 2W2 Telephone: (780) 424-5099 Fax:(780) 424-5133  Email:

Third-party Materials

Some of the material found on this site may be subject to copyrights held by organizations other than the Environmental Law Centre. In such cases, some restrictions on the reproduction of material may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material.

Legal Disclaimer

This site provides information about the law designed to help users safely cope with their own legal needs. But legal information is not the same as legal advice – the application of law to an individual’s specific circumstances. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult a lawyer if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.

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