Environmental Law Centre

Job Opportunity: Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre

Position: 
Staff Counsel
Application Deadline: 
7 Jul 2019
Location: 
Edmonton

The Environmental Law Centre is seeking a lawyer with 3+ years of experience to fill a term position as Staff Counsel in our Edmonton office.  Our activities focus on law reform, research and public legal education in areas of environmental and natural resources law.  Read more about Job Opportunity: Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre

Green Regs and Ham: Coastal Conundrums

Apr 15 2019 - 7:45am to 9:00am

Coastal environmental concerns are highly relevant to land locked Alberta, but rarely do we discuss them. Join the ELC and our guest speakers to look beyond Alberta’s borders at the conundrums of crude and coastal communities. Up for discussion – the ecological, jurisdictional and legal challenges that arise in relation to what has become a significant and divisive issue: the export of Alberta’s oil and gas. Read more about Green Regs and Ham: Coastal Conundrums

Location

The Matrix Hotel – Amber Ballroom
10640 100 Ave NW
Edmonton , AB

New Report—Future flows : climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta's water law

The Environmental Law Centre has published a new report—Future flows : climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta's water law—  calling for a "rethinking of water law and policy in Alberta"

Future flows highlights some of the challenges faced in managing for instream flow needs and assesses the current law and policy framework for its ability to manage flows in a precautionary and adaptive manner.

To learn more, read the highlights of the report on the ELC blog, or download the full report.

The ELC is also hosting a webinar "Future flows: Water law and policy in Alberta for a sustainable future" on February 20 at 12 noon.

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Environmental Rights: The Power and the Promise

Oct 3 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

Green Regs and Ham: Pickerel, Pipelines and Pancakes

Apr 24 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:15pm

A breakfast discussion about the evolving role of the federal government in environmental regulation with Professor Martin Olszynski from the University of Calgary.

Breakfast served at 7:30 am; program begins at 8:00 am

Tickets: $35 per person Read more about Green Regs and Ham: Pickerel, Pipelines and Pancakes

Location

Chateau Lacombe
10111 Bellamy Hill Road NW
Edmonton , AB

ELC Report—Conservation Directives: an unknown and untested tool

The Environmental Law Centre has published their report "Conservation Directives: Alberta's unknown and untested conservation tool":

When we think of protecting Alberta’s landscapes there are a variety of tools that are quite well understood and used: parks on public land, conservation easements on private land.  The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) greatly added to the conservation tool box by providing a variety of legal mechanisms to plan and manage for conservation purposes.

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Publication—In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows

The Environmental Law Centre has made available for download their report "In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows":

Should Alberta adopt policies that allow for 3rd party participation in instream flow protection?  Are water trust organizations a part of the answer to instream flow needs in over-allocated basins?  The Environmental Law Centre’s report In Water we Trust:  Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows seeks to answer these questions.

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ELC publishes Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment

The Environmental Law Centre has published its Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment:

In recent years, federal environmental assessment law has undergone radical changes resulting in a reduced number and scope of federal environmental assessment.  Consequently, the provinces are positioned to take a greater role in environmental assessment as the federal government takes a step back. In light of a reduced federal role, the province to province cooperation and coordination can play a greater role. This may include expansion of regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within and across provinces.

This report builds upon the ELC's publication A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law by establishing the criteria necessary for successful province to province cooperation and coordination.  As well, this report explores the means by which a province can implement regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within their own borders and cooperatively with other provinces.  Recognizing that ecological regions and policy decisions may not respect political boundaries, moving beyond traditional project based environmental assessment and creating broader frameworks for decision-making requires province to province cooperation and coordination.

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