Posts from November 2013.

On November 25, 2013, significant changes to the Fisheries Act come into force.  The most significant, and most controversial, change in the legislation is the shift away from “habitat” protection to “fisheries” protection.   Fisheries and Oceans Canada (“DFO”) has published a policy, the Fisheries Protection Policy Statement, 2013, and an operational ...

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The public comment period on the Province’s proposed new Water Sustainability Act has now closed.  With well over 400 submissions, interest in the new (potential) water regime remains very high.  Issues of particular note that have been raised include:

  • the applicability of the new Act to oil and gas operations, including a possible exemption for deep saline groundwater;
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    New regulations under CEAA 2012 came into force on October 24, 2013, changing the triggers for determining which projects are subject to federal environmental assessment.  The Regulations Amending the Regulations Designating Physical Activities replace the Schedule of physical activities that constitute designated projects under the existing Regulation, and ...

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