September 17, 2014

Collaboration and Innovation in Impact Assessment, this year's conference of the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment is being held at Tabaret Hall at the University of Ottawa on Wednesday October 22 and Thursday October 23.  Register online at 

October 13, 2013

The annual conference of the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment IMPACT ASSESSMENT: STRONG SCIENCE,  WISE DECISIONS,  HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS is being held at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto on October 23 and 24.  

August 20, 2013

Stephen Hazell and Sarah Jackson of Ecovision Law are teaching Environmental Law at University of Ottawa law school in the autumn  2013 semester.  

June 6, 2013

Nature Canada has intervened in the American case The Aransas Project v Shaw, writing to the court to give the Canadian perspective on a lawsuit against the Texas government for causing the deaths of at least 23 Whooping Cranes.

March 21, 2013

On Wednesday March 21, 2013 at the University of Ottawa  Faculty of Law, Stephen Hazell gave a presentation entitled “Zombie or Phoenix? The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012.”


December 13, 2012

New legal requirements for Ontario and federally incorporated non-profit corporations are looming. 

The Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) is slated to be proclaimed on July 1, 2013. As of this date, ONCA’s onerous provisions will apply automatically to all Ontario-incorporated non-profits. Articles of incorporation and bylaws will generally need to be revised to bring them into conformity with the ONCA.    

October 16, 2012

Stephen Hazell is speaking at two conferences in the next few weeks commenting on  the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 which was declared in force in July 2012.   Stephen will be speaking at the Canadian Bar Association's Law Day event in Ottawa on Thursday October 18 and at the annual conference of the Ontario Association of Impact Association in Ottawa on Thursday October 25.

June 4, 2012

On May 30, 2012, Stephen Hazell testified before a subcommittee of the House of Commons Finance Committee discussing the repeal of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and its replacement by a weaker, less comprehensive law included in the omnibus bill to implement the 2012 federal budget.   Stephen's written brief to the Committee follows:




February 1, 2012

Stephen Hazell is now teaching an environmental assessment law at the Faculty of Law at University of Ottawa for the winter term (January to April, 2012).

November 21, 2011

Canada’s federal environmental assessment laws have developed over several decades as a means to achieve sustainable development by providing information about environmental effects of development projects before decisions are made.  The 1984 Environmental Assessment and Review Process Guidelines Order in Council, the 1992 Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), and the amendments since 1992 have generally led to more sustainable projects that are more likely to achieve net benefits for affected communities, regions and Canada.

November 21, 2011

The Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) was declared in force on October 17, 2011.  Federally incorporated not-for-profits now have three years to file so-called Articles of Continuance or face dissolution by Industry Canada.  The CNCA requires more financial reporting to Industry Canada, and increases the rights of members to access corporate financial records and membership information, submit resolutions for mandatory consideration at annual general meetings, and seek court orders against the corporation.


June 30, 2011


After nearly three decades of working with environmental groups and agencies, Ottawa lawyer Stephen Hazell has returned to his private practice roots to promote the cause of environmental sustainability.

May 19, 2001

OTTAWA —Ecovision Law, Ottawa’s first green private law firm, was publicly launched today by environmental lawyers Stephen Hazell and Beth Hardy.

“The greening of Canadian business and not-for-profit sectors is accelerating” says Stephen Hazell, Ecovision Law’s senior counsel.  “We are convinced that many green businesses want lawyers who provide excellent legal services but also share their commitment to sustainability. This is what Ecovision Law plans to do.” An Ontario lawyer for 28 years, Hazell was led three national environmental groups, including Sierra Club Canada, as well as directing a federal environmental regulatory program.