Environmental Law & Policy

Media Releases & Op-eds

Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

An op-ed from Joshua Buck, Alberta climate program manager at Environmental Defence, on the $260-billion unfunded environmental liability in the oil and gas sector in Alberta:

"Albertans have had a long-standing and mutually beneficial bargain with the oil and gas industry. Basically, the deal was, the companies can take Albertans’ resources, practically for free, but in exchange, they’ll create high-paying jobs for Albertans. They’ll create the conditions for a strong economy, low taxes, and a high quality of life.

But it looks like we have been duped. Because there was another, hidden part of the deal: massive clean-up costs that the companies aren’t able to pay. Costs that will likely be left to Albertans to pay, long into the future."

Read the full op-ed in the Edmonton Journal Read more about Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

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Regan Boychuk: The (100) Billion Dollar Question

Oct 30 2018 - 6:30pm
Poster: Regan Boychuk: The (100) Billion Dollar Question

Regan will be talking about the little-known but urgent dilemma Alberta faces as a result of insolvent polluters and captured regulators. Public officials have allowed hundreds of billions in unfunded oilfield environmental liabilities to accumulate to crude oil and natural gas industries that no longer turn a profit. But there remains a solution if Albertans can find the political will.

Doors 6:30 PM | Talk 7:00 PM

Cost: $5

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
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Conference: Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Challenges

Nov 10 2018 (All day) to Nov 12 2018 (All day)

The conference will use the context of the historic Aguinda v. Chevron environmental case to consider the critical role of judicial remedies for violations of the rights of indigenous and other affected peoples and the leading systemic obstacles to the realization of remedies in particular cases, both in Canada and beyond. Read more about Conference: Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Challenges

Location

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
T1L 1H5 Banff , AB
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Environment in the Courtroom: Enforcing Canadian GHG Emissions Laws

Oct 25 2018 - 8:30am to Oct 26 2018 - 3:30pm

The Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL), a federal not-for-profit organization established in 1979, is collaborating with Université Laval to organize a national symposium called Environment in the Courtroom: Enforcing Canadian GHG Emissions Laws. This symposium, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada, is free of charge and can be attended in person at the Université Laval on October 25 & 26, 2018, or alternatively viewed online as a live webcast on the symposium dates. Read more about Environment in the Courtroom: Enforcing Canadian GHG Emissions Laws

Location

Pavillon Alphonse Desjardins, La salle Hydro-Quebec
Université Laval
Quebec , QC
Event

Environmental Rights: The Power and the Promise

Oct 3 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Environmental Rights in Law Poster

On Wednesday, October 3, the Environmental Law Students Association, Pembina Institute, Healthy Environment YEG, Environmental Law Centre and the David Suzuki Foundation invite you to a forum to discuss the legal right to a healthy environment as a solution to environmental problems.

Over the past 50 years, environmental rights have become the fastest-growing body of human rights law internationally. We have a historic opportunity to ensure that everyone in Canada has the right to a healthy environment. Read more about Environmental Rights: The Power and the Promise

Location

Room LC 231
Law Centre, University of Alberta (111 Street & 89 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB
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Keepers of the Athabasca Indigenous Water Governance Workshops in Calgary and Edmonton

WORKSHOP WITH CALEB BEHN

  • Executive Director, Keepers of the Water
  • Water Advocate for First Nations at a national level
  • Walrus Talks, TEDx talks on Indigenous Water Governance

Exploring pre-contact water laws, agreements, and treaties, while asking the question: can there be an Indigenous Water Governance model for Canada?

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Event

Indigenous Water Governance Workshop

Oct 3 2018 - 6:00pm
Workshop Poster

Workshop with Caleb Behn

  • Executive Director, Keepers of the Water
  • Water Advocate for First Nations at a national level
  • Walrus Talks, TEDx talks on Indigenous Water Governance

Exploring pre-contact water laws, agreements, and treaties, while asking the question: can there be an Indigenous Water Governance model for Canada? Read more about Indigenous Water Governance Workshop

Location

Faculty of Law Lecture Theatre
Law Centre, 111 89 Avenue NW (University of Alberta)
T6G 2H5 Edmonton , AB
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CANCELLED: Indigenous Water Governance Workshop

Oct 2 2018 - 6:00pm
Workshop Poster

Due to the inclement weather in Calgary, this event has been cancelled

Workshop with Caleb Behn

  • Executive Director, Keepers of the Water
  • Water Advocate for First Nations at a national level
  • Walrus Talks, TEDx talks on Indigenous Water Governance

Read more about CANCELLED: Indigenous Water Governance Workshop

Location

Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall, University of Calgary
T2N 4V8 Calgary , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

Saskatchewan and Ontario reject most cost effective way to reduce carbon pollution

Pembina Institute reacts to the joint statement from Ontario and Saskatchewan on carbon pricing

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, interim federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comment in response to the joint statement released today from Ontario and Saskatchewan.

“It is deeply irresponsible of the Saskatchewan and Ontario governments to reject carbon pricing. Canadians expect their governments to address climate change, one of the most serious issues facing us today. It is a failure of leadership to reject the most cost effective way to reduce pollution. This move undermines Canada’s obligations to do its fair share to protect our communities from a changing climate.  Read more about Saskatchewan and Ontario reject most cost effective way to reduce carbon pollution

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