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 ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: “Directly affected” silences hunters, fishers, landowners … and environmentalists

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, recently stated that proposed changes to Canada’s environmental laws will (if passed) prevent anyone who is not “directly affected” from speaking at environmental reviews. But public participation has always been central to environmental assessment.  "Directly affected" is a narrow legal test that would silence not just ...