Over our history, the EDRF has funded a diverse range of environmental protectors – from Indigenous peoples to neighbourhood associations, hunting and fishing clubs to local environmental organizations.
Recent Highlights from EDRF Grantees
- On March 25, 2021 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on carbon pricing law (the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act) and upheld the federal government’s ability to compel provinces to take climate action. The EDRF provided support to Generation Squeeze and the Intergenerational Climate Coalition in this important case. See West Coast blog posts on How Our Clients are Seeking Environmental Justice and Victory for Climate Action.
- On March 1, 2021, Elphinstone Logging Focus was pleased to share that a contentious cutblock of old growth forest in the Dakota Bowl area of Mount Elphinstone will be protected under an agreement between Squamish Nation and the province. This 71-hectare area includes some 77 culturally-modified trees and is a last stand of yellow cedar that provides bear habitat. The EDRF provided funding for an expert report on protecting bear habitat in the area (see this article).
- The EDRF provided funding to both the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club and the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (as intervenor) in the Douglas Lake Cattle Company’s appeal of the 2019 BC Supreme Court decision that Stoney Lake and Minney Lake are publicly accessible. Both organizations were in court November 23-24, 2020 and were disappointed when the BC Court of Appeal overturned the decision on March 5, 2021. In the ruling, the three justices concluded that while the road is public, it doesn't actually reach the shorelines of either lake, and the only way to access the water would be to cut across the ranch's land. The ruling means the lakes are once again off-limits to the public. The Club has now sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.