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Now you CEAA- it, now you don’t 4/9/2010   Federal Budget Bill hides major changes in Environmental Assessment Law   The federal budget bill tabled on March 29th 2010 includes buried changes to the federal environmental assessment regime.  Bill C-9 is sweeping omnibus legislation, coming in at over 900 pages and 2000 sections.   While...

Syncrude muddies the waters 3/4/2010   It’s “like” unconstitutional.  On March 1, 2010, trial began for the death of 1,600 ducks in a tailing pond at the Syncrude Aurora mine north of Fort McMurray.  Syncrude had filed notice of constitutional questions, and while it opened by attacking the...

Feds 'gut' environmental assessments: Changes in budget could mean less scrutiny in oilsands 4/3/2010   By Kevin Ma St Albert Gazette   The public is at risk of another Walkerton if the government passes proposed changes to the federal environmental assessment act, says a major environmental group.   The federal government proposed changes...

Industry and government are slowly defining the duty to consult and accommodate First Nations 4/1/2010   Published in Alberta Oil Magazine, April 2010 By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre   An aboriginal claim against the government has an exploration company under pressure.   Flow-through shares were issued and tax deadlines are approaching....

Deciding Factor: The mandate to protect public interest tests the resolve of regulators 3/16/2010   Published in Alberta Oil Magazine, February - March 2010 By Cindy Chiasson, Executive Director, Environmental Law Centre   Give yourself a few minutes’ break to indulge in a little imagination. Picture yourself as a member of one...

Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta - Part IV (Slides and video) 3/4/2010   Court: the last resort. You opposed Alberta Environment’s decision to approve or refuse a regulated activity. Maybe there was no environmental impact assessment. Maybe an appeal to the Environmental Appeals Board was unsuccessful.   On...

Syncrude muddies the waters 3/4/2010   It’s “like” unconstitutional.  On March 1, 2010, trial began for the death of 1,600 ducks in a tailing pond at the Syncrude Aurora mine north of Fort McMurray.  Syncrude had filed notice of constitutional questions, and while it opened by attacking the...