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Canadian government decides that your sewage doesn’t stink for up to 30 years from now 6/21/2010   Last week, the Canadian Press reported the results of a two-year long information request regarding a database held by Environment Canada on spills.  The results are disturbing, but not surprising.  The Canadian Press...

Nuclear Energy Regulation (Slides) 5/4/2010   The Government of Alberta recently stated that it will consider nuclear development proposals. If a proposal is made in Alberta, what can your community expect to happen? How does the application and approval process work? If you’re asking these or similar questions,...

Navigable waters protection update 5/4/2010   A few months ago we posted about the Ministerial Order under the federal Navigable Waters Protection Act – ("Are Canadian Waterways Subject to Public Rights”) where we noted that this seemed to be a step away from treating all waterways equally in Alberta and Canada. ...

Muddy Water II: Syncrude Ducks The Issue 4/30/2010   The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the ‘ducks in tailings pond’ case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted....

Syncrude ducks the issue 4/30/2010   The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the ‘ducks in tailings pond’ case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted. The public interest...

Alberta Auditor General looks at managing Alberta’s water supply – compliance, wetland policy under scrutiny 4/27/2010   Last week, when local media were distracted with cell phone driving proposals, the Auditor General of Alberta released a comprehensive review of Alberta Environment’s management of the province’s water supply.   The Alberta Auditor General...

Water transfers require due process 4/21/2010   MEDIA ADVISORY   Edmonton, AB, 21 April 2010 – Last month a public notice appeared on the Alberta Environment website that indicated that the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) had proposed changes to the purpose of its water license from irrigation only to a variety of purposes...