Using Law as a Tool to Ensure Meaningful Public Participation in Environmental Assessment

12 J. Env. L. & Prac. 27

20 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2014

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A. John Sinclair

University of Manitoba - Natural Resources Institute

Meinhard Doelle

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law; World Maritime University (WMU); Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute

Date Written: July 1, 2003

Abstract

This article offers an evaluation of the legal provisions for public participation in Canadian Environmental Assessment law and suggests needed reform to ensure that participatory activities are meaningful. The literature on public participation provides the evaluative criteria and document review, semi-structured interviews and key informant input provides insight into legal reform. Reform in the way of essential components covering issues such as access and purpose, notice, access to information and the provision of resources is considered. As well, reforms related to process activities are also suggested that consider issues such as the timing of participation, two-way exchange of information, power balance and decision accountability.

Suggested Citation

Sinclair, A. John and Doelle, Meinhard, Using Law as a Tool to Ensure Meaningful Public Participation in Environmental Assessment (July 1, 2003). 12 J. Env. L. & Prac. 27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2426126

A. John Sinclair

University of Manitoba - Natural Resources Institute ( email )

United States

Meinhard Doelle (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

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World Maritime University (WMU) ( email )

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Sweden

Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute ( email )

6061 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

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