PME230 - Environmental Law

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Subject Title
Environmental Law

Subject Description
The student will gain an understanding of the creation of environmental liabilities and environmental impediments to development and construction, the process to satisfy or remove liabilities by remediating or otherwise addressing environmental contamination, and the contracting process necessary to implement the remediation.  This will include the regulatory process necessary to confirm closure and to permit normal commercial mortgage financing for a remediated site.

Credit Status
One subject credit towards the graduate certificate in Project Management - Environmental.

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

  1. Describe the legal structure of Canada, role of Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures, the Courts, Criminal, Civil and Common Law and Quebec Civil;
  2. Assess the shared provincial-federal jurisdictions regarding environmental legal matters and liabilities under the Common Law concepts of tort, and the principles of environmental liability pertaining to real property;
  3. Describe the essential contents of project documents to implement a remediation process;
  4. Define and describe the process of procurement for demolition/construction/remediation projects including Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) , Request for Qualification (RFQ), and Requests for Proposal (RFP);
  5. Define and describe the process for concluding a project, negotiation of contracts about environmental issues and apply standard contractual solutions
  6. Demonstrate presentation skills appropriate to a specific topic and audience using both written and verbal communication techniques as a member of a working group.

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.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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

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.

Academic Integrity
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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.