Alberta. Department of Environment

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Alberta. Department of Environment

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<em>Dates of Founding and/or Dissolution: </em>The Sustainable Development Co-ordinating Council was established under<em> The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 1992 </em>(S.A. 1992, chapter E-13.3). <em>Functional Responsibility: </em>The Natural Resources Co-ordinating Council, established under the <em>Department of the Environment Act, 1971 </em>(S.A. 1971, chapter 24), was legislated to inquire into any matter pertaining to the environment, as well as to review policies, programs, services or administrative procedures of the Government and government agencies related to the environment. Recommendations and reports were to be made to the Minister of the Environment. The Natural Resources Co-ordinating Council, along with the subsidiary Conservation and Utilization Committee, ensured the cooperation and coordination of the Department of the Environment and other departments and agencies. Through under<em> The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 1992 </em>(S.A. 1992, chapter E-13.3), the Natural Resources Co-ordinating Council was continued as the Sustainable Development Co-ordinating Council. The Council was to co-ordinate, review and make recommendations to the Minister on interdepartmental matters related to sustainable development and the protection of the environment. According to their 1998 terms of reference, the Sustainable Development Co-ordinating Council's purpose is to ensure and enable the cross department integration of sustainable resource and environmental management initiatives. <em>Administrative Relationships: </em>The Natural Resources Co-ordinating Council made their recommendations to the Minister of the Environment, and under the Department of the Environment Amendment Act, 1975 and subsequent acts, the Minister of the Environment in turn reports these to the members of the Executive Council (S.A. 1975,<em> chapter 51, </em>S.A. 1992, chapter E-13.3). <em>Administrative Structure: </em>The Natural Resources Co-ordinating Council was, under the<em> Department of the Environment Act, 1971 (S.A. 1971, chap 24), </em>to consist of the chairman of the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the Deputy Ministers from the following departments: Environment, Agriculture, Health and Social Development, Highways and Transport, Industry and Tourism, Lands and Forests, Mines and Mineral, and Municipal Affairs. Under the under <em>The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act </em>(S.A. 1992, chapter E-13.3), the Council was to include the chair of the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the chair of the Natural Resources Conservation Board, the chief executive officer of the Alberta Science, Research and Technology Authority, and the Deputy Ministers from the following Departments: Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Economic Development, Environment, International and Intergovernmental Relations, Health and Wellness, Municipal Affairs, Government Services and Infrastructure, and any other representatives from other Government agencies and departments designated by the Minister of the Environment. Government organization changes have resulted in slight compositional changes to the Council. The chairman of the Council was the Deputy Minister from Environment. In 1998, the Deputy Ministers from Environmental Protection and Economic Development became co-chairs; in 2001, co-chairs were the Deputy Ministers from the Departments of Environment, Sustainable Resource Development and Energy. <em>Names of the Corporate bodies:</em>;The Natural Resources Co-ordinating Council was established through the<em> Department of the Environment Act, 1971</em> (S.A. 1974, chapter 24). The Natural Resources Co-ordinating Council continued as the Sustainable Development Co-ordinating Council under <em>The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act </em>(S.A. 1992, chapter E-13.3). <em>Names of Chief Officers:</em>;Chairmen (and Co-Chairmen) from Environment:;Dr. E.E. Ballantyne, 1971-1975;Walter Solodzuk, 1976-1987;Vance MacNichol, 1987-1993;Peter Melnychuk, 1993-1997;Jim Nichols, 1997-1999;C. Doug Radke, 1999-2001;Roger F. Palmer, 2001-2002;Ron Hicks, 2002-;Co-Chairmen from Economic Development:;Roger Jackson, 1998-1999;Bob Fessenden, 1999;Co-Chairmen from Sustainable Resource Development:;Bob Fessenden, 2001-;Co-Chairmen from Energy:;Ken Smith, 2001-

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