Entries by Dianne Saxe from 08/2012

The Government Thinks that Environmental Assessment Takes Way Too Long

| Posted 08.10.2012 | Canada Politics

The new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), which came into effect last month, allows the federal government to create mandatory timelines for assessments of even the largest and most important projects, regardless of public opposition. Last Friday the CEAA announced timelines for nine projects under review, giving us our first look at how much time the government will allow for federal environmental assessments. It doesn't look very good.

Harper's "New" Environmental Policy: Muddying Old Waters

| Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics

Officially, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) has abolished most federal environmental assessment screenings, but the practical effect is less than it appears. The new process looks a lot like the old screening EA, but with less clear rules about procedure, content, timing, public consultation and opportunities for appeal.