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Heads should roll at Alberta Environment over misguided Domtar land strategy

By Keith Gerein
The Edmonton Journal
March 14, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shannon Phillips

Incorrect and unreasonable. The phrase appears 17 times in a new Environmental Appeals Board ruling, describing the behaviour of the provincial government to stymie a housing development on the former Domtar industrial lands in northeast Edmonton. If anything, the words are an understatement. While professional in its language, the board’s report is scathing in the details, outlining an overzealous misuse of authority by Alberta Environment in pursuing a series of cleanup orders for the site. …To her credit, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips accepted the board’s recommendations and quashed her department’s orders. And did so before the election, which was the right thing to do even if wasn’t necessarily the politically astute thing to do.

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