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Important Concepts in Environmental Law – “Polluter Pays”

Your parents may have told you: “If you make a mess, you have to clean it up.” In a nutshell, that is the basis of the “polluter pays” principle.  There is a lot wrapped up inside the simple principle of polluter pays.  The roots of the principle come from economics rather than from environmentalism. The […]

Authors:

Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees B.Comm., JD, LLM is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
 

Important Concepts in Environmental Law – The “Precautionary Principle”.

Last issue we talked about sustainable development. This time the topic is the precautionary principle. Most human activity has risk. When we are deciding whether we should do something, we balance the risks against the possible rewards.  Risk has two parts. First, there is the probability that something bad will happen. Second, there is the […]

Authors:

Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees
Jeff Surtees B.Comm., JD, LLM is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
 

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, LLM is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
 

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, LLM is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
 

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, LLM is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
 


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