Environmental Law & Policy

Miistakis Monday: Do We Need a Definition of Biodiversity Conservation?

Jun 8 2020 - 12:00pm

From the Miistatkis Institute:

What does biodiversity conservation mean? We can define biodiversity, and we can catalogue the conservation mechanisms (parks, laws, education, research, advocacy, etc.), but how do we assess if a specific activity will conserve biodiversity. Join us a for a panel discussion about a proposed way of describing biodiversity conservation, and whether this is even needed.

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Alberta Coal Policy scrapped, making open-pit coal mining more accessible than ever along the eastern slopes of the Rockies

Alberta is cancelling a long-standing coal policy that provided broad protections within our mountain and foothill regions, making it easier to develop open-pit mines in more ecologically sensitive areas. 

Edmonton – On May 15, 2020 the Government of Alberta announced that they were rescinding  A Coal Development Policy for Alberta (Coal Policy) which has provided sweeping environmental protections for coal development since the 1970’s. This has raised concerns about how this will impact Alberta’s treasured mountains and foothills along the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Read more about Alberta Coal Policy scrapped, making open-pit coal mining more accessible than ever along the eastern slopes of the Rockies

New Waste Management reports from the Environmental Law Centre

The Environmental Law Centre has published two new reports on waste management and reduction in Alberta.

Good Riddance: Waste Management Law in Alberta is the 3rd Edition of the ELC's primer on the waste management system in Alberta. The report includes five sections covering (1) Legal Concepts and Institutions, (2) Waste Management & the Law, (3) Types of Waste, (4) Recycling, and (5) Import & Export of Waste.

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Extended Producer Responsibility: Designing the Regulatory Framework is a detailed look at the extended producer responsibility [“EPR”] model of waste management, and the potential application of EPR in Alberta's waste management system.

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There is no plan(et) B: The fight for strong climate action in Canada

Jun 10 2020 - 2:00pm

This webinar is part of Ecojustice’s #BetterThanNormal conversation series

Post-coronavirus, we’ll still be in a climate emergency. Join Alan Andrews for an exclusive update on Ecojustice’s work advocating for new, sorely-needed climate laws at the federal level, challenging carbon-intensive infrastructure, and backing seven courageous young people as they fight for their futures in our biggest climate litigation to date. Read more about There is no plan(et) B: The fight for strong climate action in Canada

Defending nature: Standing up for wildlife and natural spaces from coast to coast to coast

May 28 2020 - 2:00pm

This webinar is part of Ecojustice’s #BetterThanNormal conversation series

Join Margot Venton to get the scoop on how, even though there’s a pandemic going on, Ecojustice’s nature team is busier than ever with efforts to challenge risky oil and gas exploration that puts the environment at risk, urging government to give critically-endangered Southern Resident killer whales a fighting chance at survival, and pushing for strong laws that defend nature and biodiversity. Read more about Defending nature: Standing up for wildlife and natural spaces from coast to coast to coast

Environmental monitoring suspended for all oil and gas projects in Alberta

Alberta Energy Regulator suspends requirements for environmental monitoring for all energy projects, citing COVID-19 concerns, despite the Government of Alberta rolling out its plans to reopen the rest of the province

Edmonton – Alberta’s Energy Regulator released two unilateral decisions on May 20, 2020, to suspend a series of environmental monitoring activities for all oil & gas operators and in situ operators. These suspensions include monitoring tailings for migratory bird landings, programs to detect and repair methane leaks, testing of surface waters and groundwater, soil monitoring, reclamation monitoring programs, wetland monitoring, and the requirement for lab testing of waters released to the environment. Read more about Environmental monitoring suspended for all oil and gas projects in Alberta

Pembina Institute to assess updated methane regulations as Alberta seeks equivalency

Pembina Institute reiterates timeline and process on path to federal equivalency

CALGARY — The Government of Alberta has released updated methane regulations as it seeks to achieve federal equivalency. Jan Gorski, senior analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following comment: Read more about Pembina Institute to assess updated methane regulations as Alberta seeks equivalency

Job Opportunity: Articling Student, Ecojustice

Position: 
Articling Student
Application Deadline: 
1 May 2020
Location: 
Calgary

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About the Role

Ecojustice offers a unique articling experience, focusing on environmental law.  We are currently seeking one articling student in the Calgary office for the 2021-2022 term to provide litigation support to our program team of lawyers and scientists by: Read more about Job Opportunity: Articling Student, Ecojustice

Staying the course on carbon pricing sends strong investment signal

Pembina Institute reacts to scheduled increase of national price on pollution

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the scheduled increase of the federal carbon price going into effect today: Read more about Staying the course on carbon pricing sends strong investment signal

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