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The Regional ‘Plan to Plan’ 1/26/2015   In September 2014 the Government of Alberta released the first South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) made under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act(ALSA). On January 17, 2015 I was honored to present some thoughts on the implications of the SSRP to the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society.   The Ghost...

Calmar: What lies beneath? 12/9/2014   Yesterday the Edmonton Journal ran a piece called “Five years, five homes demolished and gas keeps bubbling from the deep.” It’s a story about any homeowner’s nightmare: old oil and gas wells leaking under and near homes in Calmar.   Most land in Alberta...

Update on the MGA Review: Government releases first "What We Heard" document 8/20/2014   As indicated in previous posts, the Alberta government is currently reviewing the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Given the key role that municipalities play in the management and protection of Alberta’s environment, we have participated in this...

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...

Turning Around the Supertanker 6/4/2014     Municipal panel sheds light on environmental management challenges at Green Regs & Ham   Three municipal leaders walk into a hotel: the urban mayor who is said to represent a growing interest in livable cities; the cowboy boot-wearing rural reeve with years of service...