Environment Media release

PSA: Environmental impact assessment and mining in Nova Scotia: A public legal education session

This month, East Coast Environmental Law is pleased to be offering a free public legal education and workshop session on environmental impact assessment and mining in Nova Scotia.

DATE: Saturday, November 30th
TIME: 1:00PM – 5:00PM (Doors open at 12:45)
LOCATION: Room 150 of the Collaborative Health Education Building (Dalhousie)– 5793 University Ave., Halifax, NS * Wheelchair accessible **Free street parking on Saturday, or paid parking across the road at the IWK*

Registration is required.

Join us for a free public legal education session on environmental impact assessment and mining in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia has one operating gold mine and four proposed mines currently undergoing environmental assessment. Communities are concerned about the potential health, social, economic and environmental impacts of a Nova Scotian gold rush. Federal and provincial environmental impact assessment processes provide an important opportunity for communities, groups and individuals to engage but the process can be complicated.

In this session, staff lawyers from East Coast Environmental Law will present information and facilitate discussion on federal and provincial assessment processes, including the new Impact Assessment Act.

During this session, we will explore questions including:
• What are the different stages of an environmental assessment?
• What is the difference between a federal and provincial assessment?
• How are environmental assessment decisions made?
• How can members of the public participate in an environmental assessment?
• How will federal assessment change under the new Impact Assessment Act?

The session will also include time to address questions around gold mining and environmental assessment in the province.

East Coast Environmental Law is an environmental law charity based in Nova Scotia and working on issues of concern to Atlantic Canadians. Our work is centered around ensuring environmental laws in Atlantic Canada are founded on responsible, transparent and inclusive decision-making. We encourage the development and fair application of innovative and effective environmental laws through: Public Education; Collaboration; and Legal Action.

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is required.

Tickets are available here.

For a map of the campus, click here.