Environmental Law & Policy

Elections, Budgets and Environment

Nov 26 2019 - 7:00pm

On October 9th, Ipsos reported that, in a poll conducted for Global News, climate change was one of the most important issues in the minds of voters. Twenty-nine percent of those surveyed said it was one of their top three issues (only health care at 35 percent polled higher). Following the election, what does the composition of the new government suggest we might expect in addressing climate change and other environmental issues? Join Dr. Ian Urquhart (political scientist at the University of Alberta/University of Calgary) to explore this question. Read more about Elections, Budgets and Environment

Location

Jackson Power
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

Legal Tools for a Healthy Environment

Oct 30 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This one-day workshop is designed to help groups working in the environmental sector become more familiar with the legal tools available to them. Join lawyers from the ELC and Ecojustice for a vibrant discussion on topics including: 

  • Accessing information;
  • Petitioning the federal Commissioner for the Environment;
  • Navigating the judicial review process;
  • Small group discussions on real life scenarios;
    …and much more! 

Registration: $20 per person Read more about Legal Tools for a Healthy Environment

Location

Hotel Arts
119 12 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB

Legal Tools for a Healthy Environment

Nov 5 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This one-day workshop is designed to help groups working in the environmental sector become more familiar with the legal tools available to them. Join lawyers from the ELC and Ecojustice for a vibrant discussion on topics including: 

  • Accessing information;
  • Petitioning the federal Commissioner for the Environment;
  • Navigating the judicial review process;
  • Small group discussions on real life scenarios;
    …and much more! 

Registration: $20 per person Read more about Legal Tools for a Healthy Environment

Location

Kingsway Legion
14339 50 Street NW
Edmonton , AB

SMLS Public Lecture: Carbon Pricing – You Probably Have an Opinion but Do You Actually Understand How it Works?

Sep 14 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Canadian Institute of Resources Law invites you to attend a free public lecture entitled:

Carbon Pricing – You Probably Have an Opinion but Do You Actually Understand How it Works?

Carbon pricing is set to be a major issue as Canada heads into the federal election. Yet, while almost everyone has an opinion on it, few understand how carbon pricing works as a climate mitigation tool and even fewer have a working understanding of the legislative framework. This session is designed to help attendees more fully understand the carbon pricing in Canada. It will explain the economic theory of carbon pricing and the experience with carbon pricing around the world; explore the different carbon pricing systems Canadian provinces have put in place; explain the details of the Pan Canadian carbon pricing framework, including the carbon pricing benchmark and backstop; and, examine the constitutional issues at play. The session will end with a Q & A period for registered participants. Read more about SMLS Public Lecture: Carbon Pricing – You Probably Have an Opinion but Do You Actually Understand How it Works?

Location

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

Ontario Court of Appeal hands Doug Ford another “L” on climate change

Toronto, June 28, 2019 – In a judgement handed down today, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed the federal government has the power to step in when the province fails to effectively tackle climate change.

Following the release of the court’s decision, Ecojustice lawyer and climate program director Alan Andrews issued the following statement: Read more about Ontario Court of Appeal hands Doug Ford another “L” on climate change

Statement: Bill C-69 passes in the House

Ottawa – When House of Commons passed the Senate’s proposed amendments to Bill C-69, the federal government took an important step toward making good on its once-in-a-generation commitment to repair Canada’s broken environmental laws, says Ecojustice. Bill C-69 introduces the new Impact Assessment Act (IAA)which provides greater transparency in the environmental assessment process and more clearly-defined criteria for whether a project is in the public interest. Read more about Statement: Bill C-69 passes in the House

Federal carbon pricing backstop in Alberta is fair, effective, and will drive competitiveness

Pembina Institute reacts to federal announcement on carbon pricing backstop

EDMONTON — Duncan Kenyon, Alberta Regional Director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the federal government announcement regarding pricing pollution in Alberta:

“Because action on climate change is a shared responsibility, and no province should be exempt from acting, we are pleased the federal government is moving forward on its promise to apply carbon pricing and rebates in Alberta in response to the Government of Alberta’s decision to repeal the Climate Leadership Act.  Read more about Federal carbon pricing backstop in Alberta is fair, effective, and will drive competitiveness

A made-in-Canada climate plan can’t rely on outsourcing the solution

By Simon Dyer

Published in The Hill Times (June 5, 2019).

Any political party serious about governing in Canada and sincere about slowing climate change will put forward a climate plan designed to rapidly and significantly drive down greenhouse gas emissions here at home to improve the lives of Canadians and honour our international commitments.

What’s more, given the incredible economic opportunity that decarbonizing presents, that climate plan will be fair (by including carbon pricing that internalizes the costs of this pollutant), it will reduce emissions now (as opposed to years from now when new technologies are operationalized), and through investment in renewable energy and innovation it will position our industry as competitive in a low-carbon economy and our nation as a purveyor of the cleanest energy (yes, including cleaner oilsands exports) in the world.

Read the full Op-Ed on the Pembina Institute website

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