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Governments must assess the environmental impacts of a whole project MiningWatch Canada v. Canada (Fisheries and Oceans) 2/28/2010   In January the Supreme Court of Canada released a unanimous decision in the case of MiningWatch Canada v. Canada (Fisheries and Oceans), (2010 SCC 2). The case concerned whether a...

Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta - Part III (Slides) 2/24/2010   Is someone proposing an industrial or other significant project in your community? How are environmental impact assessments (EIAs) conducted in Alberta? How can you get involved in the environmental impact assessment process?   On February 18th, Laura...

View or download materials from Greenhouse Gas Roundup – Part I Webinar February 12, 2010 2/11/2010   If you’re like many Albertans, you’re probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about greenhouse gas and climate change.   What will Copenhagen mean? Why is cap and trade controversial? What are other places doing...

Deciding Factor: The mandate to protect public interest tests the resolve of regulators 2/6/2010   Published in Alberta Oil Magazine, February, 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 of the most...

ALSA Q&A – Compensation for participation? 1/14/2010 Question Is there compensation for participating in regional advisory council discussions/positions? Answer I’m going to break this question into two parts. Is there compensation provided to regional advisory council members? Is financial assistance provided to members of the public who wish to participate in public...

ALSA Q&A – Improved Aboriginal consultation? 1/14/2010 Question Are there elements of the Land-Use Framework or the Alberta Land Stewardship Act that will help to improve current gaps within the government related to aboriginal consultation? Answer As a preface to this answer, I want to remind readers that the Environmental Law Centre’s expertise is...

ALSA Q&A – Budget for landowner compensation? 1/14/2010   Question What would the expected budget allocation be for government payments to landowners resulting from easements, land value impacts, etc.?   Answer There is no right to compensation under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA)other than (1) what can be claimed in relation to conservation...