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Retooling environmental assessment
Manitoba's Law Reform Commission is currently in the process of looking how best to regig the province's environmental assessment legislation, first introduced in 1988.
Lately, the current rules have been tested a recent hearings into two Manitoba Hydro projects, the Bipole III transmission line and the Keeyask generating station project.
The law reform commission says it's assembled a committee of experts in environmental law to assist with its research and eventual recommendations.
It's recently released a discussion paper on the subject.
It looks at reforms in several areas.
"There is no single best way to analyze the regulatory framework for environmental assessment," the report says in its indroduction.
"The commission approached this project by examining the various steps in Manitoba's process, identifying a number of thems that influence the framework as a whole, and applying these themes to specific procedural aspects of the system:"
- Environmental Assessment and Sustainable Development
- Cumulative Effects Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment
- Public Participation
- Balancing Certainty and Flexibility
The commission wants public input on its work. Comments can be submitted until April 25, 2014.
A report for consultation will be circulated for additional comment before the publication of the commission's final report.
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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen
Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.
Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.
At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.
Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.
He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.
Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.
In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.
You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.
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