Environmental Law & Policy

The New Federal Impact Assessment Act and Alberta Energy Projects

Nov 6 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

To comply with the Alberta health requirements for social distancing to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus we are offering our presentations online via the Zoom platform. The Canadian Institute of Resources Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary invites you to the following free, online workshop:

The New Federal Impact Assessment Act and Alberta Energy Projects

Implementation of the new Impact Assessment Act is now underway, changing the process for federal assessment of energy projects. While the reformed regime resembles its predecessor in many ways, it also includes many changes, including new requirements with respect to climate change, the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples, sustainability, and economic considerations. Despite much criticism of the Impact Assessment Act in public and political realms, including during the law reform process that led to Bill C-69, implications for energy projects remain not well understood. It has been unclear, for example, the extent to which the changed federal process will actually affect whether a project is approved or not. This session will provide an overview of the new federal regime and what it may mean in practical terms for energy projects, with an emphasis on the Alberta context.

This workshop will conclude with a Q and A session for registered participants.

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Location

Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall (MFH), Faculty of Law University of Calgary
Calgary , AB

REIMAGINING RIVERS: ANIMALS AS LEGAL BEINGS

Oct 29 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Professor Maneesha Deckha (UVic) and Assistant Professor Jessica Eisen (UAlberta) will examine legal categorizations of animals: should animals be considered property, persons, or something else? And what do these categorizations mean for visions of justice and the health and well-being of animals, humans, and our overall environment? Read more about REIMAGINING RIVERS: ANIMALS AS LEGAL BEINGS

Alberta Organizations Call for Regional Assessment of Metallurgical Coal Mining

Groups are asking the Federal Government to assess metallurgical coal mining’s impacts on water, species at risk, and Treaty and Aboriginal rights

CALGARY/TERRITORIES OF THE BLACKFOOT AND PEOPLES OF TREATIES 6 AND 7, HOME TO MÉTIS NATION OF ALBERTA, REGION III Read more about Alberta Organizations Call for Regional Assessment of Metallurgical Coal Mining

Webinar: Indigenous Jurisdiction and the Environment

Jun 10 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Professor Darcy Lindberg and lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson will discuss Indigenous jurisdiction and the environment – particularly from the perspectives of Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and Haida laws – and some of the ways these laws may inform Canada’s constitution, treaty relationships, and federalism as they relate to the environment. Read more about Webinar: Indigenous Jurisdiction and the Environment

Webinar: Magpie River as a Person

Jun 3 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Magpie River was recently granted legal personhood by the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit and the Minganie Regional County Municipality in Quebec. Our speaker, Yenny Vega Cárdenas, President of the Observatoire international des droits de la nature/ International Observatory of Nature Rights, will describe how this process unfolded and what ‘personhood’ means for the Magpie River. Read more about Webinar: Magpie River as a Person

Ecojustice in court to fight Coalspur Mines’ attempt to expand Vista thermal coal mine without federal impact assessment

CALGARY/TERRITORIES OF THE BLACKFOOT AND PEOPLES OF TREATIES 6 AND 7, HOME TO MÉTIS NATION OF ALBERTA, REGION III – Ecojustice is in court today and tomorrow on behalf of Keepers of the Water, Keepers of the Athabasca, and the West Athabasca Watershed Bioregional Society to fight against Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd’s attempt to overturn the designation of the Vista thermal coal mine expansion project for a federal impact assessment. Read more about Ecojustice in court to fight Coalspur Mines’ attempt to expand Vista thermal coal mine without federal impact assessment

Supreme Court rules Canada's carbon pricing law is constitutional

On March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision regarding the challenges to the constitutionality of the federal government's carbon pricing system brought by the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. In its decision, the Court ruled 6-3 that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was constitutional. Read more about Supreme Court rules Canada's carbon pricing law is constitutional

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