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Important Concepts in Environmental Law – the Idea of “Sustainable Development”

In the next few columns I am going to talk about some concepts that are important to understanding environmental law. The first is the idea of sustainable development. A quick search of the CANLII website shows the phrase appears in Canadian federal and provincial legislation 359 times and in published court decisions 237 times. In […]

Authors:

Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees B.Comm., JD is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta and is a Graduate Student in the University of Calgary’s Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Law program.
 

Are Environmentalists Good or Bad?

Tree-huggers.  Greenies. Enviro-nazis. Eco-terrorists. Eco-extremists. City-dwellers. Radicals. Eco-vangelists. Eco-crazies. Sheeple. Foreign-funded __________________ (add any of the preceding epithets). What ARE environmentalists anyway? Are they good, wise, caring, rational, science-loving people put here to save us? Or are they deluded, uninformed, unreasonable, deranged lunatics out to destroy our jobs and our way of life, probably for […]

Authors:

Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees B.Comm., JD is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta and is a Graduate Student in the University of Calgary’s Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Law program.
 

How Are Off Road Vehicles Regulated in Alberta?

You are thinking about spending a lot of money on a brand-new quad, dirt-bike, snowmobile or something similar. What are the rules? Who makes them? Where will you be able to use it? Almost every human activity has the potential to affect the environment in some way. Regulating activities always creates perceived winners and losers. […]

Authors:

Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees B.Comm., JD is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta and is a Graduate Student in the University of Calgary’s Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Law program.
 

A River Runs Across It: Solving Trans-border Disputes Over Water

People get very passionate about both water and borders. So how do we avoid or resolve disputes involving rivers and lakes that cross the border between Canada and the United States? At almost nine thousand kilometers, our border with our closest neighbour is the longest unprotected political border between two sovereign nations on Earth. The […]

Authors:

Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees B.Comm., JD is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta and is a Graduate Student in the University of Calgary’s Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Law program.
 

The Environment and Aboriginal Rights

In my inaugural column for LawNow (here) I suggested five reasons that environmental law can be challenging to understand. One of those reasons was that it requires some understanding of Aboriginal law, a complex subject in its own right. Even if I were up to the task, it would be impossible to provide even an […]

Authors:

Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees B.Comm., JD is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta and is a Graduate Student in the University of Calgary’s Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Law program.
 


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