Environmental Law & Policy

Issue Brief: Alberta Court of Appeal finds Impact Assessment Act unconstitutional

On May 10, 2022, in a 4-1 decision, the Alberta Court of Appeal issued its opinion that the federal Impact Assessment Act is unconstitutional. The constitutional challenge was launched by the Province of Alberta after the Act became law in 2019. In response, the federal government swiftly announced its intention to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.  Decisions issued in constitutional references such as this, are considered non-binding, so the Impact Assessment Act remains in force.

A number of legal experts have expressed the opinion that the constitutionality of the Impact Assessment Act would be upheld by the Supreme Court. Read More

Water law and policy: Gaps, opportunities and law reforms

Jun 23 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

From the ELC website:

The Water Act was proclaimed into force on October 7th, 1998 and it represented a significant evolution in how the province could plan and manage water for environmental purposes. However, in the 23 and half years since its proclamation, the potential of the Act has yet to be realized. Read More

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

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