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Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency seeks comments on its Cumulative Effects Guideline 1/13/2015 Following significant changes to the federal environmental assessment regime, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency) continues to revisit its policy and guideline documents.  Currently, the CEA Agency seeks public comments on its draft Technical Guidance...

 Omnibus budget bills that transformed Canada’s environmental laws visited by the Federal Court 12/22/2014   The Federal Court issued its decision in Courtoreille v Governor General in Council 2014 FC 1244 on December 19th.  In this case, Chief Steve Courtoreille – on behalf of himself and the Mikisew Cree First Nation...

Environmental Assessment & the Canadian Constitution: Substitution and Equivalency 11/28/2014   The ultimate goal of this publication is to make a determination as to constitutionality of the substitution and equivalency approach endorsed by Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, S.C. 2012, c. 19, s. 52 (CEAA 2012) and, if...

Facts, Reasons and Environmental Evils: Recent Canadian Environmental Law Decisions 10/1/2014   In recent months, there have been several interesting environmental law decisions issued by the Federal Court of Canada. In both Greenpeace Canada v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 FC 463 (CanLII) and Council of the Innu of Ekuanitshit v Canada...

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management 6/18/2014   Recommendations to Strengthen Alberta’s Municipal Government Act   In Alberta, the powers and activities of municipalities are governed by theMunicipal Government Act (the MGA). The Government of Alberta is currently conducting a review of the MGA and, as part of this process, we made our written recommendations last...

An update on amendments to federal environmental assessment laws 11/11/2013   Following public consultation on proposed amendments earlier this year, the federal government recently passed amendments to the Regulations Designating Physical Activities (RDPA).   The RDPA are promulgated under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and are central to the act’s operation. Only projects that appear...