Environmental Law & Policy

Media Release

Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

Ottawa and Calgary — The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife. Read more about Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Event

Tar Sands on Trial: The Beaver Lake Cree Fight Big Oil to Save the Boreal

Nov 28 2009 - 12:00am to 2:00am

(This event was originally scheduled for October 14, but had to be delayed because of bad weather.)

Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent), renowned photographer Garth Lenz (Canadian Geographic) and one of Canada's pre-eminent lawyers in Aboriginal law Jack Woodward (Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia) explain why the Beaver Lake Cree legal action is the way to stop the tar sands expansion – and save the planet. Read more about Tar Sands on Trial: The Beaver Lake Cree Fight Big Oil to Save the Boreal

Location

John Dutton Theatre (Calgary Public Library)
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary , AB
Media Release

Bill 50 - A Curious Solution to Transmission Problems

There is no doubt that electricity transmission planning and approval in Alberta faces challenges, including difficulty responding to public concern. Bill 50 - the Electric Statutes Amendment Act - is the most recent attempt to address these challenges. However, not everyone agrees that Bill 50 will work.

"Bill 50 is a curious solution because it doesn't fix the overall transmission process or address bigger problems in assessing transmission need," says Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Edmonton-based Environmental Law Centre. Read more about Bill 50 - A Curious Solution to Transmission Problems

Media Release

ERCB Sour Gas Suspension. Who Speaks for Wildlife in Gas Applications?

The recent Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) decision to suspend approval of future sour gas projects in Alberta raises important questions around who is, or should be, considered as "directly affected" by energy proposals. Read more about ERCB Sour Gas Suspension. Who Speaks for Wildlife in Gas Applications?

Event

Alternative Energy Talk: Ontario's World Class Renewable Energy Programs

Oct 22 2009 - 1:00am

Ontario's World Class Renewable Energy Programs

What is Possible in Alberta?

By Tim Weis, Pembina Institute Read more about Alternative Energy Talk: Ontario's World Class Renewable Energy Programs

Location

Grant MacEwan University — CN Theatre Rm 5-142
10700 104 Avenue
Edmonton , AB
Media Release

Landmark court victory forces government to protect endangered species habitat

Precedent-setting decision gives Canada’s endangered sage-grouse and other species at risk a chance at recovery

Vancouver, BC — Environmentalists are celebrating the first decisive victory for endangered species since the unveiling of Canada's Species at Risk Act in 2003. On Thursday (July 9) a federal court judge in Vancouver ruled that the federal Minister of the Environment, Jim Prentice, broke the law by refusing to identify critical habitat in a recovery plan for the endangered greater sage-grouse. Read more about Landmark court victory forces government to protect endangered species habitat

Event

ELC Library Dedication and Reception

May 27 2009 - 11:00pm to May 28 2009 - 12:30am
The Board of Directors and Staff of the Environmental Law Centre cordially invite you to join us for a

Library Dedication and Reception

Martha Kostuch was a visionary environmental activist who spoke intelligently, forcefully, and ethically for advancements in environmental law and policy in Alberta and Canada. In recognition of her many contributions to Canadian environmental law and policy and her longstanding support of the Environmental Law Centre, we will be renaming our library the Martha Kostuch Library of Environmental Law. Read more about ELC Library Dedication and Reception

Location

Environmental Law Centre
800 - 10025 106 Street
Edmonton , AB
Event

Conference: Critical Intersections for Energy & Water Law

May 20 2009 - 3:00pm to May 21 2009 - 10:30pm

The Alberta Law Foundation is generously supporting public legal education by serving as a lead sponsor of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law "Critical Intersections for Energy & Water Law: New Challenges and Opportunities" conference on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 and 21, 2009. We invite you to be our guest at this conference which is co-hosted by the U of C Faculty of Law, Pacific McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento, California) and the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy Science, University of Dundee (United Kingdom). The intent is to bring legal academics, practitioners, business leaders, and regulatory officials to a multi-national conference exploring the vital role that law plays in promoting sustainable development and use of both energy and water.

Complimentary registrations for public interest group representatives are available. Read more about Conference: Critical Intersections for Energy & Water Law

Location

Faculty of Law — Murray Fraser Hall
University of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary , AB
Media Release

Bill 36 media advisory & backgrounders

The Environmental Law Centre has issued a media advisory and three related backgrounders, with its initial reaction to Bill 36, the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, and recommendations for amendment. The advisory and backgrounders are posted on the ELC website under "What's New" and "Media Room". Read more about Bill 36 media advisory & backgrounders
Event

Learn the Facts About Bill 19

Apr 10 2009 - 1:00am to 3:00am

The Public is Invited to Attend a Critical Meeting Pertaining to Democratic Rights and the Proposed Bill 19, which gives the Government Unprecedented Powers to Expropriate Private Property

Come out and Learn the Facts about Bill 19!

Admission is Free

Bill 19 has Serious Consequences affecting the Environment, Small Businesses, Farm/Ranch Operations and your Democratic Rights Read more about Learn the Facts About Bill 19

Location

Creekside Hall
600B 9 Street
Canmore , AB

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