Environmental Law & Policy

Call for Comments: Proposed Project List (Impact Assessment Act)

Discussion Paper on the Proposed Project List
31 May 2019

From the Impact Assessment Regulations website:

The Government of Canada is committed to putting in place better rules (External link) for major projects that protect the environment, respect Indigenous rights, and strengthen our economy.

Power Shift in Remote Communities

Jul 11 2019 - 11:00am

Remote Indigenous communities in Canada overwhelmingly rely on diesel fuel for heating and electricity generation. Clean energy projects in these communities are more likely to succeed with strong and coordinated support from governments, utilities, regulators, and industry.

The Pembina Institute presents a webinar on the current policy context for remote community-led clean energy projects in Canada. We'll release a new report card assessing the policy environment in each province and territory.



Job Opportunity: Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre

Staff Counsel
Application Deadline: 
7 Jul 2019

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. 

Putting Alberta’s future energy policies to the test

New online tool allows anyone to assess the impact of energy policy ideas on addressing Alberta’s carbon pollution

CALGARY — In the lead up to the provincial election, Alberta’s energy future is a highly charged topic. To make good choices, Albertans require credible, non-partisan information.

Water for Tomorrow: Calgary-Mountain View Candidates Forum

Mar 5 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm

Join MLA candidates from diverse political parties and our moderator, CBC’s Judy Aldous. Topics will include headwaters, drought/flood preparedness and responsible water use.



Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

AWA Talk — Ian Urquhart: Promises Made

Feb 26 2019 - 7:00pm

The NDP 2015 election platform promised leadership on climate change. As Albertans ready for a spring 2019 election, Ian Urquhart considers just how much leadership Premier Notley’s government has shown on the climate change file.


Jackson Power
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

Call for Delegate: Water for Life Implementation Review Committee

Water for Life Implementation Review Committee
ENGO Sector Member
Application Deadline: 
14 Feb 2019

One of the Alberta Water Council (AWC)’s primary goals is to periodically review and provide advice on the implementation progress of Water for Life. The AWC has achieved this through the work of a  standing committee, which convenes every few years to review progress and provide strategic,  directional advice to AWC members. Since 2008, the committee has operated under a standing Terms  of Reference and companion “how-to” guide (see below). Five reviews have been completed to date  with the last review covering 2012 to 2015.

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.



Redwater decision reassuring, but we aren’t out of the woods

Pembina Institute reacts to the Supreme Court of Canada’s Redwater decision

CALGARY – JODI MCNEILL, analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's Decision on the Redwater legal case:

"The Supreme Court of Canada has prioritized paying clean up costs before creditors when extractive companies go bankrupt. This outcome reinforces the growing understanding that polluters are responsible for their clean up obligations.


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