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ECELAW’s new series addresses a key gap – the lack of published literature focused on environmental law issues specific to Atlantic Canada. The Series will consider papers on any aspect of environmental law in the Atlantic Provinces. In particular students are encouraged to submit research papers, but the editors also hope to provide a venue for legal scholars and practicing lawyers to publish research articles or opinion pieces in order to build up a body of material focusing on the East Coast.

In Provincial Coastal Management in Nova Scotia – A Legislative Review (OPS #1), author Jamie-Lynn Kraft looks at how the Province might use its existing legislative tools to manage the coast.

In Fish Pathogen and Pest Treatment Regulations (OPS #2), Zeynep Husrevoglu addresses the current regulatory uncertainty around the treatment of sea lice in salmon farming, and the need to balance stakeholder interests while also meeting Canada’s domestic and international legal obligations.

The third paper, Using Strategic Environmental Assessments to Guide Oil and Gas Exploration Decisions in the Beaufort Sea: Lessons Learned from Atlantic Canada (OPS #3), is a joint publication with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law. Authors Meinhard Doelle, Nigel Bankes, and Louie Porta examine how Strategic Environmental Assessments have been used on the East Coast to guide oil and gas decision-making, and their future application in the Arctic.

We value your feedback on this new venture, and welcome suggestions from potential future contributors.

David Boyd, leading environmental lawyer, launches new book, The Right to a Healthy Environment, in Halifax, November 5

East Coast Environmental Law, together with the Environmental Law Students Society and the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, is pleased to host a presentation by David Boyd at 7 pm, Monday November 5, in Room 105, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

Canada has abundant natural wealth -- beautiful landscapes, vast forests, and thousands of rivers and lakes. The land defines Canadians as a people, yet the country has one of the worst environmental records in the industrialized world. Building on his previous book, The Environmental Rights Revolution (2012), David R. Boyd, one of Canada's leading environmental lawyers, describes how recognizing the constitutional right to a healthy environment could have a transformative impact, empowering citizens, holding governments and industry accountable, and improving Canada's green record. David’s new book, The Right to a Healthy Environment, makes the case that constitutional recognition of environmental rights and responsibilities would both reflect and reinforce Canadian values, much as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms confirmed and enhanced our commitment to equality.

David Boyd’s book tour across Canada is supported by the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice.

David R. Boyd is one of Canada's leading environmental lawyers, an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, and an adviser on environmental policy to governments in Canada and Sweden. He is also an international expert on human rights and the environment, assisting countries from Iceland to Tunisia in securing constitutional protection for the right to a healthy environment.

East Coast Environmental Law (ECELAW) and Environmental Law Students Society, Schulich School of Law, are pleased to present a talk by Deborah Curran, Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability, University of Victoria Faculty of Law, on "Green Real Estate". This event takes place between 12 and 1 pm, in Rom 104, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, 6061 University Avenue.

Deborah is a co-founder of Smart Growth B.C. and has worked for over 15 years with local government and community organizations to develop legal strategies for smart growth and sustainability.

PS Deborah is also presenting on "The Long History of Green Belts in BC" on October 4, a presentation sponsored by Our HRM Alliance (www.ourhrmalliance.ca)

East Coast Environmental Law is now a registered charity with the CRA.  “We are excited about what this will mean for our ability to strengthen environmental law and provide environmental law resources throughout the region,” says Lesley Griffiths, ECELAW’s Executive Director.  As a charity, ECELAW is now able to grant charitable donation receipts for donations given to their important work.  Learn more about how to support ECELAW's work.

Another helpful resource provided by Ecojustice www.ecojustice.ca.The Ecojustice Environmental Hansard is an easy-to-use website that collects,organizes and distills federal political dialogue on our environment. With entries searchable by date, Member of Parliament, topic or text content, the Ecojustice Environmental Hansard makes Parliamentary debate accessible and transparent to the Canadian public, researchers and environmental community. The website is non-partisan and a useful tool for anyone interested in sustainability and the environment. Visit the site here.

The 2012 federal budget bill, released in April, includes a proposed new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012). Meinhard Doelle, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, has prepared a preliminary list of the key differences between CEAA 2003 and CEAA 2012 to help inform those interested in CEAA about some of the key changes contemplated, and to encourage a discussion of their implications for environmental assessment in Canada. 

Today is Black Out Speak Out day and We are joining hundreds of organizations North America-wide and many thousands of Canadians and speaking out for nature, democracy and human rights. Please join us by visiting http://blackoutspeakout.ca/ , signing the petition, and joining the campaign through email, Facebook and Twitter (#blackoutspeakout)

ECELAW (East Coast Environmental Law) www.ecelaw.ca and NSEN are partnering to begin a discussion regarding an NS Environmental Bill of Rights on May 8th, 7 pm, at Veith House, 3115 Veith Street, Halifax.

Nova Scotia would benefit from legislation that does the following:

  • imposes a legal duty upon the provincial government to protect Nova Scotians’ right to a healthy environment;
  • improves access to environmental information;
  • provides whistleblower protection for Nova Scotians who report environmental crimes;
  • improves access to justice; and
  • improves government accountability by giving Nova Scotians the right to bring the Province to court when it fails to implement its environmental laws.

90 countries have embraced the right to a healthy environment, and afford it the same legal protection as other core human rights like the right to liberty, security and equality.  The time seems opportune to push for similar environmental protections in Nova Scotia given the recent legislative reviews and the announcement that Ecojustice has started a major environmental rights campaign.

PLEASE RSVP by May 1st by e-mailing Janelle: [email protected] or calling 902-454-6846 if you are able to attend in person or by conference call.

Thirty participants took part in ECELAW’s workshop on Environmental Assessment on November 26. Presenters included Greg Wilson, PEI Environment, Labour and Justice; Carolyn Peach Brown, UPEI; Laura Spurway, Peter Ghiz Law, and Peter Mushkat and Meinhard Doelle, ECELAW.

To find the companion publication, Environmental Assessment: Legal Toolkit for Prince Edward Island and to see the powerpoint presentations go to Our Services/Current Workshops/Workshop Archives on the website.

A special thanks to funder and partner, the Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island, to Laura Spurway for her work on the publication, and to Shannon Mader and Island Nature Trust for organizing logistics and publicizing the workshop. We hope to see you all next year!

East Coast Environmental Law is now a registered charity with the CRA.  “We are excited about what this will mean for our ability to strengthen environmental law and provide environmental law resources throughout the region,” says Lesley Griffiths, ECELAW’s Executive Director.  As a charity, ECELAW is now able to grant charitable donation receipts for donations given to their important work.  For more information, click on ‘Support Us’ at the top of the home page.