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Southern Alberta’s Water Security at Stake in New Land-Use Plan

Report says clear landscape targets are 'key' to securing water protection in southern Alberta
30 Nov 2009

Calgary — As a series of public meetings kick off today in Calgary and Vulcan addressing land-use in Southern Alberta, many Albertans may be surprised to learn that water security is at stake in the planning process. That's the overarching theme of Source of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Securing Source Water in Southern Alberta, a report released today investigating the potential of South Saskatchewan Regional land use plan to protect water. Read more »

Posted November 30, 2009 by Anonymous

Webinar: Moving Past the Tipping Point — Alberta's New Land Use System

Dec 9 2009 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Alberta's lands have been subject to ever-increasing pressures by population growth, industrial expansion and competition for multiple uses on the same pieces of land.

In its Land Use Framework, the province stated:"What worked for us when our population was only one or two million will not get the job done with four, and soon five million. We have reached a tipping point, where sticking with the old rules will not produce the quality of life we have come to expect. If we want our children to enjoy the same quality of life that current generations have, we need a new land-use system." Read more »

Posted November 24, 2009 by Anonymous

Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands
23 Nov 2009

Ottawa and Calgary — The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife. Read more »

Posted November 23, 2009 by Anonymous

Tar Sands on Trial: The Beaver Lake Cree Fight Big Oil to Save the Boreal

Nov 27 2009 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

(This event was originally scheduled for October 14, but had to be delayed because of bad weather.)

Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent), renowned photographer Garth Lenz (Canadian Geographic) and one of Canada's pre-eminent lawyers in Aboriginal law Jack Woodward (Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia) explain why the Beaver Lake Cree legal action is the way to stop the tar sands expansion – and save the planet. Read more »


John Dutton Theatre (Calgary Public Library)
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB

Posted November 23, 2009 by Anonymous

Bill 50 - A Curious Solution to Transmission Problems

18 Nov 2009

There is no doubt that electricity transmission planning and approval in Alberta faces challenges, including difficulty responding to public concern. Bill 50 - the Electric Statutes Amendment Act - is the most recent attempt to address these challenges. However, not everyone agrees that Bill 50 will work.

"Bill 50 is a curious solution because it doesn't fix the overall transmission process or address bigger problems in assessing transmission need," says Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Edmonton-based Environmental Law Centre. Read more »

Posted November 20, 2009 by Anonymous

ERCB Sour Gas Suspension. Who Speaks for Wildlife in Gas Applications?

10 Nov 2009

The recent Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) decision to suspend approval of future sour gas projects in Alberta raises important questions around who is, or should be, considered as "directly affected" by energy proposals. Read more »

Posted November 11, 2009 by Anonymous

Alternative Energy Talk: Ontario's World Class Renewable Energy Programs

Oct 21 2009 - 7:00pm

Ontario's World Class Renewable Energy Programs

What is Possible in Alberta?

By Tim Weis, Pembina Institute Read more »


Grant MacEwan University — CN Theatre Rm 5-142
10700 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Posted October 13, 2009 by Anonymous

Landmark court victory forces government to protect endangered species habitat

Precedent-setting decision gives Canada’s endangered sage-grouse and other species at risk a chance at recovery
13 Jul 2009

Vancouver, BC — Environmentalists are celebrating the first decisive victory for endangered species since the unveiling of Canada's Species at Risk Act in 2003. On Thursday (July 9) a federal court judge in Vancouver ruled that the federal Minister of the Environment, Jim Prentice, broke the law by refusing to identify critical habitat in a recovery plan for the endangered greater sage-grouse. Read more »

Posted July 14, 2009 by Anonymous

ELC Library Dedication and Reception

May 27 2009 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Board of Directors and Staff of the Environmental Law Centre cordially invite you to join us for a

Library Dedication and Reception

Martha Kostuch was a visionary environmental activist who spoke intelligently, forcefully, and ethically for advancements in environmental law and policy in Alberta and Canada. In recognition of her many contributions to Canadian environmental law and policy and her longstanding support of the Environmental Law Centre, we will be renaming our library the Martha Kostuch Library of Environmental Law. Read more »


Environmental Law Centre
800 - 10025 106 Street
Edmonton, AB

Posted May 21, 2009 by Anonymous

Conference: Critical Intersections for Energy & Water Law

May 20 2009 - 9:00am - May 21 2009 - 4:30pm

The Alberta Law Foundation is generously supporting public legal education by serving as a lead sponsor of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law "Critical Intersections for Energy & Water Law: New Challenges and Opportunities" conference on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 and 21, 2009. We invite you to be our guest at this conference which is co-hosted by the U of C Faculty of Law, Pacific McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento, California) and the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy Science, University of Dundee (United Kingdom). The intent is to bring legal academics, practitioners, business leaders, and regulatory officials to a multi-national conference exploring the vital role that law plays in promoting sustainable development and use of both energy and water.

Complimentary registrations for public interest group representatives are available. Read more »


Faculty of Law — Murray Fraser Hall
University of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB

Posted May 11, 2009 by Anonymous

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