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Osler’s Martin Ignasiak, partner, Regulatory,
Environmental, Indigenous and Land, joins Pat in the aftermath of
the Alberta Court of Appeal’s advisory opinion that the
federal Impact Assessment Act poses an
existential threat to the division of powers set out in the
Canadian Constitution and is therefore unconstitutional. The pair
discuss the history of environmental assessment laws in Canada,
their impact on resource development projects, and where the debate
is headed. They also explore why environmental regulation is such a
tricky issue in Canada and how it all relates to discussions about
tackling climate change.
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