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Environmental Law Centre on the Syncrude duck death trial

If you've been following the Syncrude duck death trial, check out this post by the Environmental Law Centre's Adam Driedzic. In it he answers common questions about the trial, and helps to clarify the implications of the pending verdict.

The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the case of R. v. Syncrude.  Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, and it will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted.   The public interest this case has generated is warranted, but after two months of tar and feathers it can be hard to distinguish political debate about the oil sands from the actual legal issues.

Muddy Water II: Syncrude Ducks The Issue

Posted April 30, 2010 by Anonymous

Auditor General Looks at the Management of Alberta's Water Supply

The Environmental Law Centre's Laura Bowman posts a brief on the Auditor General of Albera's recently released review of Alberta Environment's managment of the water supply.

Among other items, the Auditor General concluded in the April 2010 report that one of Alberta Environment’s weaknesses is compliance. It was noted that although there are many known cases of non-compliance with Water Act authorizations, these are not acted upon by approval authorities. The report also noted that without adequate monitoring of activities in the field, Environment cannot assess the level of non-compliance with Water Act authorizations. Read more »

Posted April 28, 2010 by Anonymous

Delays to U.S. climate law no excuse for Canada to stall

Matthew Bramley, Director of the Pembina Institute's Climate change Program blogs about recent delays in the U.S. Congress to pass climate legislation, and how Canada shouldn't use these delays as an excuse for inaction.
Read the post on the Pembina website.

Posted April 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Water Transfers Require Due Process

21 Apr 2010

Edmonton, AB – Last month a public notice appeared on the Alberta Environment website that indicated that the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) had proposed changes to the purpose of its water license from irrigation only to a variety of purposes including “municipal, agriculture, commercial, industrial, habitat enhancement and recreation.”

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC), upon considering the application and relevant legislation, found several issues that need attention and – for the first time in over 25 years of operation – issued a Statement of Concern to Alberta Environment. Read more »

Posted April 21, 2010 by Anonymous

Albertans, not industry, will pay for lost wetlands — leaked policy document

21 Apr 2010

CALGARY — A leaked draft wetlands policy appears to betray the finding of a consensus of stakeholders invited by Alberta Environment to develop wetlands policy recommendations.

Posted April 21, 2010 by Anonymous

Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Roundup — Part II: Agriculture

Apr 14 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

If you're like many Albertans, you're probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about climate change.  The most overdue questions may be about soil not oil. For example:

  • How can agricultural producers participate in the carbon market?
  • Will international climate change agreements influence land use activities?
  • Could more land users be regulated for emissions reduction as seen in the energy sector?

Whether you're a producer, a regulated emitter, or just a concerned citizen, you will find value in this second installment of Greenhouse Gas Roundup — a three-part webinar series led by ELC Staff Counsel Adam Driedzic. No legal training is required and there are no dumb questions. Read more »

Posted March 26, 2010 by Anonymous

If you're a News Brief reader, the ELC wants to hear from you!

News Brief - Environmental Law Centre
14 Apr 2010 (All day)

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is currently conducting a review and evaluation of News Brief. As a News Brief reader, your thoughts and opinions are very important to us.

We would like you to be a part of the evaluation process by completing a brief online survey. The survey contains ten questions and takes approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. All responses will be made anonymously and kept confidential.

You can find the survey at Survey Monkey. The deadline for completion is April 14th 2010. Read more »

Posted March 24, 2010 by Anonymous

Webinar: Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta — Part III

Feb 18 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Is someone proposing an industrial or other significant project in your community? How are environmental impact assessments conducted in Alberta? How can you get involved in the environmental impact assessment process?

The short answer is that Alberta Environment regulates environmental aspects of many activities under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Some of these are subject to mandatory environmental impact assessments and there are a variety of ways for the public to participate. Read more »

Posted February 8, 2010 by Anonymous

Webinar: Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta — Part II

Feb 11 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Regional Director of Alberta Environment has authorized an activity to take place in your area. You disagree with the approach taken by the Director. What recourse do you have?

Join Jason Unger, Staff Counsel with the Environmental Law Centre, to discuss appeals of the Director's decision to the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board. Read more »

Posted February 8, 2010 by Anonymous

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