About the CIELAP Community Forum, and our Commenting Policy

Welcome to the Community Forum (aka “blog”) of the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP).

CIELAP offers  its community forum presence as a vehicle to provide regular updates on our research and programme activities, as well as to highlight any new or significant developments in policy or legislation related to our research and programme work. CIELAP welcomes the public submission of well-reasoned and/or well-researched blog posts for use in our blog. The views expressed in the blog or in a post are explicitly those of each author, and, unless specifically stated otherwise, do not reflect the official policy positions of CIELAP.

Our Commenting Policy

CIELAP welcomes your comments, as your feedback will enable us to receive immediate input on our ideas and help better inform our research and programme activities. We hope that this  Community Forum will serve as a venue for the public discussion of topical sustainability (i.e. a Triple-Bottom-Line of environmental, social, and economic) policy issues. As a visitor to our site, we ask that you please abide by this comments policy.

Comment Moderation:
All comments to our blog are fully moderated. We will aim to review and approve comments as quickly as possible, but please be advised that some delays may occur depending on our availability and workload.

CIELAP is eager to solicit a diversity of perspectives in the comments on our posts.Please note that in an effort to promote a respectful atmosphere, we reserve the right to delete or edit comments that in our opinion are:

  • Abusive or threatening in nature;
  • Offensive or contain profanity;
  • Unrelated to the discussion; or
  • Libellous or defamatory in nature

At CIELAP, we strive to maintain the independence of our research and a natural extension of this is a focus on providing balanced and non-partisan information and analysis. Thus, we would ask that visitors and commenters to our Community Forum adopt a similar approach and focus on laws, policies and policy research. Please be advised that we discourage and will not post ideological or partisan attacks on any particular political parties, figures, or philosophies.

All comments within this blog are the responsibility of the commenter, not the blog owner, administrator, contributor, editor, or author. By submitting a comment on our Community Forum, you agree that the comment content is your own, and to hold this site, CIELAP, and all its subsidiaries and representatives harmless from any and all repercussions, damages, or liability that might arise from your comment and/or post. You retain copyright on any materials you post. However, by posting a comment you give CIELAP a perpetual right to post, publish, comment on, or otherwise make use of the content of the comment.

All email addresses  and any private and personal information posted in any comment will be deleted as soon as possible to protect the privacy of the commenter. To prevent such editing, never share this private information within the blog comment.

Name field and identification:
The comment form must be filled in with a proper or legitimate sounding name and URL. Comments using keywords, spam or suspicious information in the comment form will be edited or deleted. Email addresses are required for commenting, so if you make a comment you will be asked for your email addresses. Your e-mail will not be published on the blog or shared. On occasion we may use the e-mail to contact you privately.


As a general rule, the main consequence of failing to follow this policy is that we will not post the offending comment(s). Subsequent failure to abide by this policy or its future versions may result in your being excluded from making further comments in the CIELAP Community Forum.