ELR451 - Environmental Law and Regulations

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Subject Title
Environmental Law and Regulations

Subject Description
This is an introductory course to the laws of Canada relating to the protection of the natural environment. It begins with the principles of legal systems generally, and the Canadian system with its Federal framework and the sharing of jurisdiction over the environment between Canada's Federal and Provincial governments. It looks at the protection of the environment through the assessment of environmental impacts, the establishment of environmental legislation and regulation, and examines specific environmental statutes that are significant in Canadian practice today.

Credit Status
One subject credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Differentiate between the federal parliament and the provincial legislatures in terms of the constitution, system of government, legal system and the division of powers between the levels.
2. Identify where the power is, differentiating between the federal parliament and the provincial legislatures, to make laws dealing with the natural environment.
3. Illustrate the development of private and public law that is designed to protect and regulate the environment.
4. Describe the role stakeholders play in environmental issues and their relationship to each other.
5. Describe environmental assessment processes and follow the current changes occurring in the environmental assessment regimes applicable to natural resources and other undertakings at both the federal and provincial levels.
6. Discuss the provisions of environmental statutes in effect in Ontario, such as the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Fisheries Act, Environmental Protection Act (Ontario), Ontario Water Resources Act, and Endangered Species Act.
7. Identify the regulatory boards, agencies and tribunals at the federal, provincial and municipal levels that are responsible for the enforcement of environmental legislation, explaining their operation and procedures.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.