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Environmental rights die for election 4/6/2011   The upcoming federal election puts an end to lawmaking in progress, including Bill C-469, the Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights.  The fact that this Private Members bill could have passed the House of Commons is a  success.  Canadians are increasingly recognizing...

Grass, sky, gone. 4/4/2011   The latest ecosystem status and trends report for Canada, released last fall, indicates rapid decline of native grasslands.  Grasslands are among the most endangered ecologies in the world and in Canada.   Many grassland species are endangered under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). 77%, of the...

Can Alberta learn from Fukushima? 3/15/2011   Click here to read Can Alberta learn from Fukushima? on the ELC blog.     ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTRE: The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been seeking strong and effective environmental laws since it was founded in 1982. The ELC is dedicated to providing...

Canada Water Week and standing 3/14/2011   To kick off Canada Water Week (the 14th to the 22nd of March) with a legal spin I have borrowed a quote from a case from our southern neighbours in 1972.  At issue in Sierra Club v. Morton, 405 U.S. 727 was the standing of the non-government...

Turning an oil sands mine into an ATV park 3/11/2011   Published in Alberta Oil Magazine, March 2011 By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre   What shall we do with a mined-out mud bog? Oil sands operators are spending billions to answer that question. While the focus to date has...

“Water worlds” and nutrient management policies: recent isotope hydrology studies may have significant policy implications 2/18/2011   Jeffrey McDonell, a hydrologist from Oregon State University and this year’s Birdsall Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, was recently in Alberta presenting on recent research in isotope hydrology.   It quickly became apparent...

Bill C-469, Federal Environmental Bill of Rights report of the Environment committee submitted to the House of Commons 2/15/2011   The Report Bill C-469, An Act to establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights was submitted to the house with only a few amendments. However notably cl. 22 allowing for...