Author Archives: Arlene Kwasniak

About Arlene Kwasniak

Professor Emerita of Law. Member of the Alberta Bar. Please click here for more information.

The New Alberta Wetland Policy: White Area Wetlands, Just a Pawn in the Game?

PDF Version: The New Alberta Wetland Policy: White Area Wetlands, Just a Pawn in the Game? Policy commented on:  Alberta Wetland Policy On September 10, 2013, the Alberta Government released its new Alberta Wetland Policy (“New Wetland Policy”).  The release … Continue reading

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The Responsible Energy Development Act and the Water Act – cloudy confluences

PDF version: The Responsible Energy Development Act and the Water Act – cloudy confluences After 18 consecutive hours of steamed debate Alberta Legislature passed Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act, (REDA) into law on November 21st, 2012 (see Calgary … Continue reading

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Decapitating the Fisheries Act by removing the HADD: A Critique of the Rationale

PDF version: Decapitating the Fisheries Act  by removing the HADD: A Critique of the Rationale Decision considered: Federal government proposal to remove habitat protection from the Fisheries Act. The federal government of Canada proposes to remove the habitat protection provisions … Continue reading

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Blow over? Think twice before blaming it on the flu.

PDF version: Blow over? Think twice before blaming it on the flu.  Decision considered: R v Kasim, 2011 ABCA 236. The Respondent claimed to have drunk no more than 3 or 4 beers between 7 and 8:30 p.m. on September … Continue reading

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The Fading Federal Presence in Environmental Assessment and the Muting of the Public Interest Voice

PDF version: The Fading Federal Presence in Environmental Assessment and the Muting of the Public Interest Voice  Topic: Federal environmental assessment and effective public participation update Good environmental assessment followed by well crafted permits, regulation, monitoring and follow-up responsive to … Continue reading

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