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TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2022 – The Canadian Institute is launching the Inaugural Conference on Cumulative Effects Assessment and Environmental Management Atlantic, to address the unique environmental challenges effecting projects and lands in Atlantic Canada. Canada’s current Impact Assessment Act (IAA) came into effect two years ago, but recently the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled the law as unconstitutional.
“Climate change constitutes an existential threat to Canada. But climate change is not the only existential threat facing this country. The IAA involves another existential threat – one also pressing and consequential – and that is the clear and present danger this legislative scheme presents to the division of powers guaranteed by our Constitution and thus, to Canada itself,” stated the decision from the court, May 10, 2022.†
Gathering at the Halifax Hotel, in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Thursday, October 20, 2022, speakers and delegates will discuss what the Alberta court’s decision will mean for current environmental assessments and projects in the Atlantic region.
“It’s part of a very active conversation. Not only will we be discussing the practical applications of the Impact Assessment Act, but we will also be discussing practical ways for companies to achieve Canada’ Net-Zero targets,” said CI’s Indigenous Portfolio Lead, Desiree Finhert. Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act received royal assent in June 2021, codifying the commitment for Canada to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Chaired by Dr. Steve Bonnell, of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, delegates will also hear from the Indian Resource Council’s Stephen Buffalo, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s Adam Levine and the New Brunswick Economic Council’s Gaetan Thomas.
The conference welcomes scientific experts, government officials, Indigenous leaders and industry representatives to participate in discussions on the social, economic and environmental challenges of cumulative effects in the natural resource sector.
This one-day immersive event is part of the week-long Atlantic Convention on Indigenous Affairs, taking place at Halifax Hotel, located at 1990 Barrington Street, in Halifax, Nova Scotia from October 17 to October 20, 2022.
For further information: Joanna Chung, Email: [email protected]stitute.com
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