Environmental Law & Policy

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Pembina reacts to new Alberta oilsands mine reclamation security policy

Nathan Lemphers, policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, responded to the Government of Alberta announcement of a new oilsands mine reclamation security policy.

On the new Mine Financial Security Program:

"Although this reclamation security policy has some improvements in transparency over the previous version, one of the fundamental principles of this policy is flawed — that the assets of the mine, which created these liabilities in the first place, can be used to pay for the cleanup.

 

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ALSA Does Not Extinguish Property Rights

 

An important clarification about the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) and property rights by University of Calgary law professor Nigel Bankes has confirmed that ALSA does not extinguish property rights. Professor Bankes points out that it is unreasonable to interpret ALSA as providing an alternative means of property expropriation, and that the courts would not uphold such an interpretation. (His February 11 posting is at http://ablawg.ca/) Read more about ALSA Does Not Extinguish Property Rights

Event

The Duck Stops Here! Do tailings ponds trump migratory bird protection? (Webinar)

Feb 28 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Syncrude ducks trial last year was among the most sensational environmental trials of the last decade, resulting in the most significant environmental fine in Canada.

This webinar will focus on what the trial means in the context of migratory bird protection and what it says about the legality of tailings ponds under theMigratory Birds Protection Act. What issues did the Syncrude trial resolve and what issues remain unanswered in the wake of the decision? Read more about The Duck Stops Here! Do tailings ponds trump migratory bird protection? (Webinar)

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Minister’s decision to withdraw Bill 29: an encouraging step for Alberta’s Parks & Protected Areas

(Calgary, AB) The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is applauding Cindy Ady, Minister of Parks Recreation and Tourism, for withdrawing the new Provincial Parks Act (Bill 29) from the spring session of legislature. Since November, thousands of Albertans and Canadians have written the Minister stating strong concerns with the Bill and its potential impact on Alberta’s most precious protected areas. Read more about Minister’s decision to withdraw Bill 29: an encouraging step for Alberta’s Parks & Protected Areas

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Bill 29 ‘Suspended.’ Is Alberta Parks Ministry Finally Listening to Albertans?

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) congratulates Cindy Ady, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation on her apparent decision to withdraw the deeply unpopular Bill 29, the draft Alberta Parks Act. It now appears the bill will not be reintroduced in the spring session of the Alberta legislature.

In a recent “Park News” email, Minister Ady wrote: “While I had planned to bring park legislation back this Spring, I will spend the time needed to address the main concerns raised by Albertans before moving forward with new legislation.” Read more about Bill 29 ‘Suspended.’ Is Alberta Parks Ministry Finally Listening to Albertans?

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Groups call for extension on Environmental Bill of Rights debate

OTTAWA - There will be a crucial vote on whether to extend the debate of the Environmental Bill of Rights Act at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd.

The bill is currently before the Standing Committee on Environment and sustainable Development undergoing a clause-by-clause examination. During this process, a number of improvements have been identified, but unless Parliament extends the debate deadline tomorrow, it will be voted on in its original form.  Read more about Groups call for extension on Environmental Bill of Rights debate

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