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Canada’s Impact Assessment Act: Boon or boondoggle?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 2:01 PM | By Richard Lindgren

Since the 1970s, an environmental assessment process has existed at the federal level to gather information and make informed decisions about the biophysical and socioeconomic impacts of diverse types of projects, such as mines, energy pipelines and radioactive waste facilities.

Despite this lengthy track record, however, there is still widespread concern about the fairness, timeliness and effectiveness of the federal process, which is currently entrenched in legislation passed by the previous government in 2012.

The ongoing controversy about the existing statute prompted the current government to...