The Final Hearings for Questioning began on 4 September in Edmonton, AB, and moved to Prince George, BC on 9 October. Prince George hearings will continue to November 29th followed by hearings in Prince Rupert. The Panel recognizes that additional time for questioning will need to be added to the schedule. A revised schedule will be released by November 15th.
The deadline for the submission of letters of comment was 31 August 2012. The public has shown significant interest in submitting letters of comment. Letters of comment are no longer being accepted, but you can review the letters that were submitted on the public registry.
The deadline for registered participants to schedule their oral statements in Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna was 30 September 2012. Scheduling is now closed. The Panel will begin hearing oral statements in these locations in January 2013. The Panel has heard approximately 725 oral statements to date.
The purpose of the questioning phase of the final hearings is to allow Parties (i.e. the Applicant, Intervenors and Government Participants) to ask any outstanding questions in order to test the credibility of the evidence filed on the record. Questioning of the evidence will help to ensure that the Panel has the most complete information before making its recommendations on the proposed project.
The Final Hearings for Questioning are being held in three (3) different locations in the project area. The Panel has chosen to conduct the Final Hearings for Questioning on an issues-basis. This means that different issues are discussed in each hearing location. The Panel announced its decision on this approach after receiving feedback from Parties at a Procedural Conference held on 30 May 2012. The issue-based approach means that some Parties may appear at more than one hearing location if they have questions to ask or answer on multiple issues.
The table below summarizes the groups of issues discussed at each hearing location. For a more detailed list, please see Procedural Direction #8.
|Prince George, B.C.
29 October-9 November
|Prince Rupert, B.C.
In the new year, the Panel will continue the Community Hearings for Oral Statements in the three remaining locations: Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna B.C. The Panel will also complete the questioning phase of the Final Hearings.
Following this, the Panel will hear final argument. The purpose of final argument is to provide all parties with the opportunity to:
The report from the Joint Review Panel will be issued by December 31, 2013.
If you are asking questions of another Party, here are some tips that you may find helpful as you prepare your questions:
The Process Advisory Team will be available in the hearing room before and during the hearing sessions to answer any questions you might have about the joint review process.
The Process Advisory Team is available to answer questions about the joint review process and how to participate. You can contact the Process Advisory Team at:
You can also sign up for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Project Mailing List to receive periodic email updates on key steps in the joint review process. Just send your name and email address to Gateway.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.