Environmental Law Alert Blog: Your guide to Canada’s environmental law reviews

Thursday, November 10, 2016 In June 2016, the government announced a sweeping review of federal environmental laws – including Canada's environmental assessment (EA) law and processes, the Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, and National Energy Board. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape Canada’s environmental laws and to contribute to decisions that affect land, ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Faith restored? Kinder Morgan Ministerial Panel consultation wraps up

Thursday, October 20, 2016 The report from the Ministerial Panel on Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline project is expected on November 1, 2016. This report will be considered by Federal Cabinet in its upcoming decision on the project, along with the upstream greenhouse gas analysis, the flawed National Energy Board report, and any further information arising from ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: A Review of the Review of Reviews: A Participants’ Guide to the Federal EA Review

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 In mid-September, an expert panel appointed by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change (the Panel) launched a public review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes (the EA Review). While the Panel and its secretariat have attempted to broadcast how the public and Indigenous groups can participate in the EA Review, ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Twelve pillars of a “next generation” of Canadian environmental assessment

Thursday, August 25, 2016 Canada needs a visionary new approach to assessing proposals that could impact the environment. This August, West Coast published the proceedings of the Federal Environmental Assessment Reform Summit it hosted in Ottawa in May 2016. Attended by over 30 experts from across the country, the Summit explored leading-edge solutions to key ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Twelve pillars of a “next generation” of Canadian environmental assessment

Thursday, August 25, 2016 Canada needs a visionary new approach to assessing proposals that could impact the environment. This August, West Coast published the proceedings of the Federal Environmental Assessment Reform Summit it hosted in Ottawa in May 2016. Attended by over 30 experts from across the country, the Summit explored leading-edge solutions to key ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: How will we build the next generation of environmental assessment for Canada?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 This June, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced that she will establish an independent expert panel to review Canada’s environmental assessment processes under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), and opened up a 30-day public comment period on the Panel’s draft Terms of Reference. ather than tweak at ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: How will we build the next generation of environmental assessment for Canada?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 This June, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced that she will establish an independent expert panel to review Canada’s environmental assessment processes under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), and opened up a 30-day public comment period on the Panel’s draft Terms of Reference. ather than tweak at ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Why navigation protection is also environmental protection

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 The Canadian government has announced that the House Standing Committee on Transportation will soon be starting its review of the Navigation Protection Act. Unfortunately, Transport Minister Marc Garneau, in announcing the review, downplayed expectations that the government would restore lost environmental protections to a wide range of rivers and endorsed the previous government’s views ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Federal government reviews of environmental laws: Processes where people matter

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 On June 20, the federal government unveiled a wide-ranging review of the dramatic weakening of Canada’s environmental laws made in 2012 by our previous administration and affirmed its intention to build stronger, modern environmental safeguards for nature and democracy. While at first blush, "process to review environmental laws" may not sound ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Working towards a next-generation environmental assessment law for Canada

Friday, May 20, 2016 On May 1-3, West Coast Environmental Law hosted a Federal Environmental Assessment Reform Summit in Ottawa. Over 30 lawyers, academics and practitioners, representing universities, Indigenous and environmental groups and industry attended the Summit. They gathered to discuss, crystallize their thinking, weigh options and seek to find common ground on solutions to ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Day 6: Judges left to decide fate of Enbridge

Friday, October 9, 2015 First Nations and environmental organizations had a chance to make reply submissions before the Federal Court of Appeal today. This six-day hearing was the culmination of thousands of hours of work, mountains of documents, and tremendous displays of community support. Now it is up to the panel of three judges to ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Day 5: Northern Gateway seeks to defend the "gold standard" review process

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Day 5 of 6 – we are on the home stretch! Today we heard from Northern Gateway about what it labelled the “gold standard” approach to consultation and review for the project as a whole. Counsel for Northern Gateway argued that Northern Gateway went ‘above and beyond’ the legal requirements of ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Day 3: Environmental and labour organizations challenge Enbridge approval

Monday, October 5, 2015 Another day down at the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver and just like that we are half way through the six day Enbridge hearing. Today we heard arguments from four environmental organizations and one labour union – all challenging the legal basis for the Enbridge pipeline approval. Tomorrow, Canada seeks ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Yinka Dene Alliance kick off Day 2 of the Enbridge hearing

Sunday, October 4, 2015 Day 2: Another inspired and spirited day at the Enbridge Hearing! The courtroom was jam-packed all day as lawyers for the Nak’azdli, Nadleh Whut’en, Gitga’at and Gitxaała Nations presented their arguments. This wrapped up the submissions from the eight First Nations applicants. Next Monday, October 5th, four environmental organizations and a ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Canadian Environment: Who Can Speak?

News of this paper  arrived on my twitter feed last evening, and one of the author’s was kind enough to email me the entire thing.  It takes a look at the practical effect of the Candian  government’s attempts to narrow who gets to participate in environmental assessments.  The results are profoundly unsurprising: So, guess who typically ...

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio January 31 2013: Obama and climate change | Lisa Friedman | Idle No More

Download: earthgauge-podcast-jan31-2013.mp3 This week on Earthgauge Radio, we’re talking about President Obama’s new commitment to climate change, the growing problem of environmental “refugees”, and the environmental dimensions of the Idle No More aboriginal movement. We  have 3 interviews on today’s show: Lisa Friedman, Deputy Editor of ClimateWire Stephen Hazell, environmental lawyer and the founder of Ecovision ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Who is silenced under Canada’s new environmental assessment act?

Friday, April 27, 2012 With the release of the proposed new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, we can say a bit more about the possible impact of changes to environmental assessment on the right of the public to participate in assessments.  Our initial analysis of Bill C-38 suggests that there is cause for concern:  If ...

Nobody Sings it Like The Raging Grannies

Check out this video posted back in January of the Raging Grannies, doing what they do best; singing for social and environmental justice. With the release of the Conservative Government’s 2012 Budget today we now know where the environment stands.  It doesn’t. Regulations will be further cut in the name of expedient resource extraction. So ...