Federal Discussion Paper provides reasonable framework for new Environmental Review Law, but . . .

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa (June 29, 2017) – A federal discussion paper released today in response to the recent independent panel report Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada provides a reasonable framework for a next-generation federal law to assess development projects. “The federal government’s discussion paper is a step in the right direction to restore public trust in how Canada’s natural resources are developed,” says Stephen Hazell, Nature Canada’s Director of Conservation and General Counsel. “However, Nature Canada has several important concerns with the discussion paper, which perhaps can be addressed in the legislative drafting process” adds Hazell. Key positive directions described in the discussion paper include: Establishing a single federal agency to guide and conduct… read more →