44-4: Climate Change Archives - LawNow Magazine

Canada’s Carbon Tax Laws: Where are we now?

On June 21, 2018, Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (the Act) came into effect. Part 1 of the Act imposes a surcharge on fuels such as gasoline, fuel oil, propane, kerosene and methanol. Distributors of the fuel pay the surcharge though the cost would likely be passed down to consumers. Part 2 of the […]


Jessica Steingard
Jessica Steingard
Jessica Steingard, BCom, JD, is a staff lawyer at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

Searching for Hopeful Signs in a Dark Wood, Rapidly Shrinking: Laws to address the climate emergency

Missing In Action Donald Trump continues to audition for the job of World’s Greatest Practical Joker. You may have heard about the pending release of a new book by Edward Russo, entitled Donald J Trump: An Environmental Hero. Russo is a consultant who has advised Trump. He is also a staunch Trump loyalist. Recently, when […]


Rob Normey
Rob Normey is a lawyer who has practised in Edmonton for many years and is a long-standing member of several human rights organizations.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

There is clear scientific consensus that anthropogenic climate change is happening and will cause unavoidable and irreversible impacts. Despite the full implications of climate change remaining uncertain, there is a recognized need to act locally, provincially, nationally and internationally in order to mitigate harm to people and the planet arising from these climate change impacts. […]


Brenda Heelan Powell
Brenda Heelan Powell is Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Rebecca Kauffman
Rebecca Kauffman is Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Do Natural Objects Have Legal Rights?

In 1972, Christopher D. Stone wrote an article entitled “Should Trees Have Standing? – Towards Legal Rights for Natural Objects”. This article is still, even today, mentioned every time there is a discussion on legal rights and natural objects. In his article, Stone suggested that we give legal rights to natural objects such as forests, […]


Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle
Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle, JD, MA, LLM, is the Research Associate at the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Kids facing effects of climate change are taking their governments to court

In November, more than 11,000 scientists declared that the climate emergency has arrived and drastic action is required. Frustrated by government failure to respond adequately, citizens are taking to the courts. The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law reports at least 1,390 legal challenges to governments and fossil fuel corporations in more than 25 countries since 1990. These cases are […]


Margot Young
Margot Young is professor at the Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, social justice, and feminist theory. She is active in the community, serving as Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of Justice for Girls. She is a Broadbent Fellow with the Broadbent Institution, a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative-BC Office, and a Visiting International Scholar with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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