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Recent Publications

Monday, July 14, 2014
Clogg, Jessica
2014
First Nations, tar sands, Enbridge, pipelines and tankers, energy

In a wave of legal filings between July 11 and July 14, 2014 eight First Nations from Haida Gwaii to Yinka Dene territory west of Prince George have set in motion legal proceedings that, combined...

Friday, May 30, 2014
Clogg, Jessica
2014
Forest Tenure; Forestry

The provincial government issued a discussion paper in April 2014 which proposed giving a small...

Friday, December 6, 2013
Gage, Andrew
2013
Cosmetic Pesticide Ban, Integrated Pest Management Regulations

The Ministry of Environment is consulting on regulations that will allow cosmetic pesticide use, but limit the application to commercial lawn care companies or other licenced applicators.  We...

Friday, November 15, 2013
Gage, Andrew
2013
Water Sustainability Act

West Coast's comments on the proposed Water Sustainability Act.  It is crucial that BC have an act that lives up to the name Water “Sustainability” Act and we hope...

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Clogg, Jessica
2013
mining, mineral tenure, free entry, local government, land use planning, water

During the gold rush, as thousands of prospectors made their way to the west, early colonial legislation gave them a right of “free entry” to most lands in the colony, and established...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Gage, Andrew
2013
North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, Bill C-38, Bill C-45

A letter to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) regarding the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC).  We review...

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Clogg, Jessica
2013
fish, fish habitat, Fisheries Act, Bill C-38, Bill C-45, water

West Coast Environmental Law has been an advocate for strong legal protection for fish and fish habitat in Canada for close to 40 years. In this submission we offer comments on the legal framework...

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Clogg, Jessica
2013
Mining; Mining Law; Canada; Free Entry

What is free entry? The free entry system is the dominant means of granting mineral tenures in Canada today. It gives mining companies the exclusive right to Crown-owned mineral substances from...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
West Coast Environmental Law
2013
Dialogues for Legal Innovation, Cumulative Impacts, Cumulative Assessment

On February 26, 2013 a small group of opinion leaders and decision-makers from across BC came together to engage in a high level public dialogue about the challenge of managing the cumulative...

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Clogg, Jessica, West Coast Environmental Law
2013
cumulative impacts; land use planning; climate change; forest carbon offsets; mineral tenure reform; green economy

In this report West Coast Environmental Law analyzes the resource management direction provided by twenty years of...

Thursday, January 24, 2013
West Coast Environmental Law
2013
Kinder Morgan, Oil Pipelines and Tankers

Residents of the Salish Sea region—Vancouver, Victoria, the Gulf Islands and Washington State—could see a four-fold...

Monday, January 14, 2013
Clogg, Jessica
2012
cumulative impacts, cumulative effects, co-management, environmental assessment

Existing and projected industrial growth in northwest BC, coupled with existing and projected climate change, has resulted in a heightened and growing need to consider the cumulative environmental...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Clogg, Jessica, Paterson, Josh
2012
Coastal First Nations Declaration, Save the Fraser Declaration

In 2010, two unequivocal Indigenous-law based declarations were signed by First Nations, definitively banning tar sands crude oil tankers, pipelines and infrastructure from their territories. Nine...

Thursday, November 22, 2012
West Coast Environmental Law
2012
Enbridge, Pipelines and Tankers

This backgrounder provides information about the Enbridge Joint Review Panel process and answers questions you may have if you are scheduled to give an oral statement before the Panel.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
West Coast Environmental Law
2012
environmental assessment

On November 21st, 2012, First Nations and environmental, recreation and grassroots groups supported by more than half a million Canadians issued an open letter opposing the federal government...