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A brief history of property law and the implications for environmental protection (Webinar)

Feb 8 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Property rights and environmental protection, are they compatible?

This presentation will provide a brief review of the evolution of property law, from feudalism to present day property law in Alberta, and discuss how current day property rights and legislation can both enable and hinder environmental protection.  The discussion will include some distinguishing features of our property rights system from that found in the United States and evaluate the effect of various laws in providing for environmental protection. Read more »

Posted January 11, 2011 by AEN

ELC News Brief Vol. 25 No. 1

The Environmental Law Centre has posted the first issue of the new look News Brief (Vol. 25 No .1) to their website. The issue is about "land use planning in the Lower Athabasca region and features articles on interpreting the Land Use Framework, biodiversity in the region and two related Federal Court actions." Read more »

Posted December 9, 2010 by AEN

Bill 29 (Alberta Parks Act) Reflects a Step Backward in Good Park Governance

17 Nov 2010

Edmonton, AB – ”It’s an unfortunate and reversible trend,” says Jason Unger, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton. “We have legislation now that sets specific prohibitions in some of our protected areas and Bill 29 will nullify that.” The Bill makes protected areas, most notably ecological reserves and wilderness areas, into Provincial Parks and relies on zoning to govern activities in the parks. Zoning is dealt with completely in regulations. Read more »

Posted November 18, 2010 by AEN

Implementation of Watershed Plans: Approaches, issues and recommendations

The Environmental Law Centre has made available to view or download the materials from their "Implementation of Watershed Plans: Approaches, issues and recommendations" webinar.

Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) are at various stages of creating and implementing water and watershed management plans. There are numerous questions about how implementation of watershed plans is best achieved and what policies may be useful for meeting plan outcomes.

Posted October 28, 2010 by AEN

What lies beneath? Accessing environmental information on real estate

The Environmental Law Centre has made the materials from their "What lies beneath? Accessing environmental information on real estate" webinar available to view online or download.

"I would never have bought if I knew..."

 

Are you a homebuyer, seller, real estate agent, or lawyer? Whether your concern is "due diligence" or "buyer beware," the practical challenge is the same: at this time there is no one-stop shopping for environmental information in Alberta.

 

On October 13, Environmental Law Centre Staff Counsel Adam Driedzic presented a webinar about accessing environmental records. This session gave special attention to the property condition and emerging online services.

Posted October 15, 2010 by AEN

Seeking the Right Balance: Financial Security for Conservation and Reclamation of Alberta's Oil Sands Mines

12 Oct 2010

Edmonton, AB – Development of Alberta’s oilsands resources has significant environmental consequences and potentially long-lasting impact on land and water resources. Oil sands surface mining projects have caused radical changes in landscapes and tailings ponds represent a significant ongoing challenge. Read more »

Posted October 13, 2010 by AEN

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