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We need an independent environmental protection and monitoring agency with teeth 1/13/2011   Given all of the recent reports on the Oilsands released late last year, including the Royal Society report (RSC), the Liberal report, the NDP report, the report released through the Pembina Institute on behalf of various environmental groups, and the...

Updates 1/18/2011   Here are some updates on previous blog posts compiled by Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the ELC.   The David Suzuki v. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (Killer Whale protection) case is being appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal.   The Eastern Irrigation District approval for change of purpose is under appeal to...

Alberta’s coal fired power debacle 1/18/2011   In all the talk about GHGs and contaminants from oilsands, it is often overlooked how significant the known impacts of Alberta’s heavy reliance on coal fired power are, or how urgently we need to switch to other forms of electricity generation. Impacts...

We need an independent environmental protection and monitoring agency with teeth 1/13/2011   Given all of the recent reports on the Oilsands released late last year, including the Royal Society report (RSC), the Liberal report, the NDP report, the report released through the Pembina Institute on behalf of various environmental groups, and the...

AUC not GHG 1/8/2011   The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has denied an application by Capital Power to amend greenhouse gas emission conditions for the Genesee 3 coal-fired power plant.  These were voluntary commitments to offset emissions that were made before the enactment of provincial reduction regulations.  The AUC heard...

Show me the money! 12/21/2010   Dealing daily with policy and regulation it is easy to get bogged down in the nuances and details of policy while blissfully ignoring the elephant in the room, i.e., money.  More specifically, this elephant is the importance of money to governance and...

Update: Irrigation District allowed to sell its water 11/29/2010   As of November 18, 2010, Alberta environment has approved the Eastern Irrigation District’s application to change the purpose of its water licence from irrigation only to a variety of purposes.  The purposes added include municipal, agricultural, commercial, industrial, habitat “enhancement”,...