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December 2012

Resources 2012 (#115) is available for downloading - "Legal and Policy Responses to Environmental Offences in Relation to the Alberta Oil Sands" by Chilenye Nwapi.

The Canadian Institute of Resources Law invites applications for one or more Research Fellow positions. Deadline January 15, 2013.

(Dec 12) Monique Passelac-Ross and David Laidlaw, attended a workshop in Calgary on "Alberta’s Aboriginal consultation policy: Launching a clear road forward". The workshop was hosted by the Calgary Chamber. Representatives from the Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia Governments were present.

(Dec 10) Professor Ingelson participated in a workshop in Calgary called "Canada in the Pacific Century”, sponsored by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Attendees included the Honourable John Manley, the Honourable Ken Hughes, Minister of Energy, Government of Alberta, Grand Chief Edward John, Political Executive, First Nations Summit, and Ellis Ross, Chief Councilor of the Haisla Nation, Kitamaat Village, B.C.

(Dec 7) CIRL hosted a coffee and conversation session with law faculty staff and law graduate students.


November 2012

CIRL renewed its membership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.

(Nov 20) A free seminar on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and changes to the Fisheries Act, the National Energy Board Act and proposed changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, was held at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus. This seminar was part of the Cenovus Continuing Legal Education Program. Presentations were made by Professors Ingelson, Lucas and Vlavianos. In the afternoon, a second free seminar on the Environmental Assessment of Major Mineral Projects in Australia and Canada was offered to members of the public by Professor Mascher at the main university campus.

(Nov 15) Nickie Vlavianos commented on the proposed legislation to enact a single regulator for energy development in Alberta. See Nickie Vlavianos, An Overview of Bill 2 - What are the changes? What are the issues?, ABLawg.

(Nov 8) CIRL convened its popular one-day course on Contract Law for Personnel in the Energy Industry at the University of Calgary. Aimed at non-lawyers in the energy industry who deal extensively with contracts, the course is open to the public.

(Nov 7) CIRL hosted a presentation to law students sponsored by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).

(Nov 2) Research Fellows, Astrid Kalkbrenner and Chilenye Nwapi, attended an educational workshop in Calgary on Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Designs and Regulations which was convened by the Canadian Nuclear Association.

Professors Allan Ingelson and Nickie Vlavianos completed updates to Volume I (Alberta) and Volume II (Federal) of the Canada Energy Law Service (Thomson/Carswell). The first volume covers recent decisions and regulatory developments including issues pertinent to the jurisdiction of the Energy Resources Conservation Board. The second volume considers recent federal regulatory developments including issues relevant to the jurisdiction of the National Energy Board, including significant amendments to federal statutes.

October 2012

In the morning of October 26, the Institute hosted a coffee and conversation session with law faculty and law graduate students.

The Institute published its 2011-2012 Annual Report. A downloadable copy is available on the CIRL website under Quick Links.

Research Fellow, Orieji Onuma, completed her paper on legal approaches to sustainable development of natural gas in Alberta and Nigeria. The paper examines how theoretical concepts of sustainable development can be adapted and incorporated into legislation and regulations applicable to gas development in Alberta. The evolution of gas regulation in the province and the challenges surrounding conservation are discussed.

(Oct 15) Nickie Vlavianos participated via videoconferencing in a workshop held in Ottawa and organized by Natural Resources Canada on Canada's offshore oil and gas liability framework.

Download CIRL Occasional Paper #39: Using Strategic Environmental Assessments to Guide Oil and Gas Exploration Decisions in the Beaufort Sea: Lessons Learned from Atlantic Canada by Meinhard Doelle, Nigel Bankes and Louie Porta.

Resources 2012 (#114) is available for downloading - "Managing the Mackenzie: Negotiating a Future with the Basin in Mind" by J. Owen Saunders".


September 2012

Allan Ingelson and Sharon Mascher's article on the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and the Fisheries Act has been accepted for publication in Lawyer's Weekly.

(Sep 21) Professor Allan Ingelson made a presentation on "Alberta Paleontological Resource Laws" at the Mount Royal University.

(Sep 18) The Faculty of Law and CIRL hosted the Graduate Student Reception. The event was held in CIRL's board room.

Chilenye Nwapi was hired as a Research Fellow to complete a CIRL Occasional Paper on "Challenges Arising from Environmental Prosecution in the Context of Alberta Oil Sands Development".


August 2012

Rob Omura was hired as a Research Fellow to complete a CIRL Occasional Paper on "Strategies for Cleaning Up Contaminated Sites in Alberta".

Dr. W.N. Holden, an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, became a Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL) in 2012. Dr. Holden’s legal research interests focus on the federalism of environmental law, nuclear energy law and policy, and the efficacy of mining as a development strategy in the Philippines, particularly conflicts between mining and indigenous peoples and conflicts between mining and local government units.


July 2012

Astrid Kalkbrenner, a Research Fellow, will complete a CIRL Occasional Paper on Alberta oil sands and nuclear energy.

(Jul 1) Professor Allan Ingelson became the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law. His main areas of research are oil and gas law, renewable energy, mining law and environmental impact assessment. He is the recipient of several teaching excellence awards.


June 2012

(Jun 30) Owen Saunders retired as the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law. Mr. Saunders will continue to hold an appointment as Senior Fellow in the Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. He will maintain an office in the Institute.

(June 30) Monique Passelac-Ross retired as Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law. Ms. Passelac-Ross is continuing as a Research Associate who will focus on Canadian and international issues affecting indigenous peoples.