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Workshop: Reforming Federal Environmental Assessment— Issues and Opportunities

Nov 20 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

The workshop will review the evolution and devolution of federal EA law and policy, and discuss law reform themes and opportunities. The objectives of the Workshop are to inform, learn from each other, and prepare participants who will engage in the federal review process. Read more »

Location

Hotel Arts
119 12 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 3, 2016 by AEN

Federal Environmental Assessment Reform Workshop

Nov 10 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

with Arlene Kwasniak, Professor Emerita, Law, University of Calgary

An AWA Workshop to review the evolution and devolution of federal EA law and policy, and discuss law reform themes and opportunities. The objectives of the Workshop are to inform, learn from each other, and prepare participants who will engage in the federal review process. As a campaign promise, Prime Minister Trudeau pledged to review Canada’s environmental assessment process. To that end the federal government has appointed an Expert Panel to travel through Canada and garner public and stakeholder views on the current federal EA , as well as what changes could occur. The Expert Panel will be in Calgary November 21-23 and is open to public participation. Read more »

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 2, 2016 by AEN

Pembina reacts to legislation being tabled to implement Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan

Bill 20 includes the framework for a carbon levy in Alberta

24 May 2016

EDMONTON — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to climate change legislation being introduced in the Alberta Legislature.

“Today’s introduction of legislation to implement the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan is a momentous occasion. For far too long plans to address climate change have been about talk. Now we are seeing action. Read more »

Posted May 24, 2016 by AEN

SMLS Public Lecture - Climate Change Law and Policy in a Post-Paris Agreement World

Apr 23 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Faculty of Law and the Canadian Institute of Resources Law invite you to attend a free public lecture on Climate Change Law and Policy in a Post-Paris Agreement World. Read more »

Location

Murray Fraser Hall, Room MFH 3360
2878 University Way NW (University of Calgary Faculty of Law)
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Posted April 15, 2016 by AEN

Publication—In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows

The Environmental Law Centre has made available for download their report "In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows":

Should Alberta adopt policies that allow for 3rd party participation in instream flow protection?  Are water trust organizations a part of the answer to instream flow needs in over-allocated basins?  The Environmental Law Centre’s report In Water we Trust:  Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows seeks to answer these questions.

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Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Alberta Energy Regulator seeks input from Albertans on regulatory excellence in Alberta

Initiative: 
Regulatory Excellence Initiative

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is asking Albertans to weigh in on how a world-class report on regulatory excellence can be applied here in Alberta. The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) has completed its final report Listening, Learning, and Leading: A Framework for Regulatory Excellence. This framework is the capstone piece of PPR’s work on the initiative.

“This has been our goal all along: to show leadership and invest in a model that could be shared with regulators throughout the world and that can be adapted to meet the needs and expectations of Albertans,” said Jim Ellis, president and CEO. Read more »

Posted October 23, 2015 by AEN

ELC publishes Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment

The Environmental Law Centre has published its Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment:

In recent years, federal environmental assessment law has undergone radical changes resulting in a reduced number and scope of federal environmental assessment.  Consequently, the provinces are positioned to take a greater role in environmental assessment as the federal government takes a step back. In light of a reduced federal role, the province to province cooperation and coordination can play a greater role. This may include expansion of regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within and across provinces.

This report builds upon the ELC's publication A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law by establishing the criteria necessary for successful province to province cooperation and coordination.  As well, this report explores the means by which a province can implement regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within their own borders and cooperatively with other provinces.  Recognizing that ecological regions and policy decisions may not respect political boundaries, moving beyond traditional project based environmental assessment and creating broader frameworks for decision-making requires province to province cooperation and coordination.

Posted October 16, 2015 by AEN

Protecting Instream Flow in Alberta’s Rivers – Navigating Churning Policy Waters

Oct 17 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Faculty of Law and the Canadian Institute of Resources Law invite you to attend a free public lecture on Protecting Instream Flow in Alberta’s Rivers – Navigating Churning Policy Waters.

It is a simple truth that healthy aquatic ecosystems need sufficient water to meet instream flow needs. Yet the water in some Alberta’s rivers is fully or over-allocated to human uses which can impact and impair aquatic ecosystems. This lecture will describe why  we should be concerned about instream flow needs, especially in southern Alberta, explain what tools the Alberta Water Act provides to restore and protect instream flows, and set out the curbed use by the Government. The lecture will recount to date the ongoing and litigious saga of the non-profit Water Conservation Trust of Canada and its aim of utilizing the transfer and licensing provisions of the Water Act and the water market made possible by the Act to protect instream flows. Read more »

Location

Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Posted September 22, 2015 by AEN

The Right to a Healthy Environment—David Boyd

Sep 16 2015 - 7:00pm

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Location

Room 150
TELUS Centre, University of Alberta. (corner of 111 Street and 87 Avenue)
Edmonton, AB

Posted August 28, 2015 by AEN

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