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ELC Brief on Bill 10, Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act, 2011

The Environmental Law Centre has posted their comments on Bill 10, the Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act. Download or view their brief on the ELC website.

While the ELC has consistently supported both the Land-use Framework and ALSA as necessary steps towards a strong integrated, binding land use planning system for Alberta, we have as consistently raised our concerns regarding the limited rights for public participation and appeal within this new system and the broad discretion given to government with little accountability. Bill 10 has not eased our concerns on these points.

Posted April 12, 2011 by AEN

Declining Grasslands and Species at Risk

On the Environmental Law Centre blog, Laura Bowman posts on the decline on native grasslands in Canada, and the threats posed to the species at risk in Alberta that rely on grassland habitats. Bowman identifies deficiencies in the recently posted Recovery Strategy for the Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) in Canada:

Although most of the grasslands on which this bird depends are outside federal lands, only federal lands are identified as critical habitat in the recovery strategy.

Bowman concludes that:

Alberta urgently needs to make a clear commitment to protection of remaining native grasslands to prevent extirpation of grassland species.  Instead, the Alberta Government continues to dispose of native grasslands for other uses. Read more »

Posted April 7, 2011 by AEN

Environmental Assessment Changes: Will They Affect You? (Webinar)

Apr 19 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Are you confused about how recent changes in Environmental Assessment law will affect your practice? Can we expect federal Environmental Assessments to be conducted differently now?

Join Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre of Alberta on April 19th to find out what changes have been made in the last year and how they will impact the federal environmental assessment process. Read more »

Posted April 1, 2011 by AEN

A Chemical Reaction: Edmonton premiere screening

Apr 17 2011 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Canada's First Pesticide Ban Turns 20! 

We all understand that the choices we make have effects on human health and our air, land and water. We all want to ensure that our communities are safe and healthy ones. But what does it mean to ensure health and safety? Read more »

Location

Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre
Stanley A. Milner Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 22, 2011 by AEN

The Duck Stops Here! Do tailings ponds trump migratory bird protection? (Webinar)

Feb 28 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Syncrude ducks trial last year was among the most sensational environmental trials of the last decade, resulting in the most significant environmental fine in Canada.

This webinar will focus on what the trial means in the context of migratory bird protection and what it says about the legality of tailings ponds under theMigratory Birds Protection Act. What issues did the Syncrude trial resolve and what issues remain unanswered in the wake of the decision? Read more »

Posted February 9, 2011 by AEN

Refugees and the Environment: A story of cause and effect

Jan 31 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Refugee movements are forced by and cause a host of environmental issues. Displacement by climate impacts is likely to be an ongoing issue for both the developed and developing world. Immigration policies and laws around environmental refugees are typically lacking. This presentation will discuss environmental refugees and climate change. Issues that will be canvassed include environmental justice and the current law and policy in Canada related to environmental refugees.

This event is part of International Week 2011, World on the Move: Unpacking Migration, which is being held January 31 – February 4, 2011 at the University of Alberta. To view the full program guide, go to http://www.iweek.ualberta.ca/internationalweek2011.cfm. Read more »

Location

Law Centre 237A
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

Posted January 27, 2011 by AEN

Monitoring on the Mind

With the spate of news & reports on environmental monitoring (or the lack thereof) in the oilsands region, monitoring is on the mind of a couple of AEN members.

Laura Bowman of the Environmental Law Centre posts on the need for an independent environmental monitoring agency:

…a clear, unambiguous commitment to better monitoring resources and stronger federal and provincial oversight at the approvals stage is still glaringly absent. What the oilsands really need is a well-resourced agency with the expertise and independence to be a bold regulator. 

Pembina's Terra Simieritsch writes on the importance of water quality monitoring, and asks some questions of the federal & provincial governments:

Will limits be set and will laws be enforced? And ultimately, if the data points to unacceptable changes in the Athabasca River, what are the federal and provincial governments prepared to do?

Posted January 13, 2011 by AEN

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