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WCELA Brief on Bill C-55

West Coast Environmental Law Association was invited to appear as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to provide testimony on Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Stephanie Hewson, Maryann Watson
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 28

West Coast Environmental Law Association was invited to appear as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities to provide testimony on Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

Author: Gavin Smith
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 11
Bill C-55 Brief

In June 2017, the federal government tabled Bill C-55, proposing changes to Canada’s Oceans Act. Unfortunately, Bill C-55 does not go far enough in providing effective protection for marine protected areas (MPAs) under the Act.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, CPAWS, Ecology Action Centre, David Suzuki Foundation, WWF-Canada, East Coast Environmental Law, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 2
Oceans20 Workshop Key Messages

Canada’s Oceans Act is 20 years old, yet its full implementation has yet to be realized. To meet the increasing challenges facing our oceans, leaders and practitioners came together in June 2017 at the Oceans20 workshop in Ottawa to chart a path to:

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, CPAWS, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Centre
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 2
Oceans20 Workshop Report

In June 2017, over 80 stakeholders from across the country working in government, academia, industry, and the non-profit sector came together in Ottawa for the Oceans20: Canada's Oceans Act Workshop.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 51

In May 2017, Canada's federal government introduced Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 2
Between Law and Action

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted in 2007, and was endorsed by the Government of Canada in 2016. More recently, the federal government released its Principles res

Author: Hannah Askew, Corey Snelgrove, Kelsey R Wrightson, Don Couturier, Alisa Koebel, Linda Nowlan, Karen Bakker
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 54
2017-08 NEB Submission

This submission outlines key recommendations from West Coast Environmental Law Association in response to the federal government's

Author: Anna Johnston, Jessica Clogg
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 4
2017-08 WCEL EA Submission

This submission outlines key recommendations from West Coast Environmental Law Association in response to the federal government's

Author: Anna Johnston, Jessica Clogg
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 19
2017-08 Fisheries Act Submission

This submission to the federal review of the Fisheries Act sets out West Coast Environmental Law Association’s top ten recommendations to strengthen and modernize this important law.

Author: Linda Nowlan
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 12

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