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Suing Fossil Fuel Giants Backgrounder

In January 2017, over 50 BC-based environmental groups asked the province’s local governments to consider a class action lawsuit to recover a share of their climate-related costs from global fossil fuel companies.

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: April 2019
Pages: 4

Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, is about protecting a remote an ecologically important place from the introduction of a risk that does not currently exist there, namely the introduction of bulk crude oil tanker traffic.

Author: Gavin Smith
Publication Date: April 2019
Pages: 12
Stronger Laws for Marine Mammals

Canada has no shortage of legal tools to protect marine mammals: marine protected areas (MPAs), species protection, and regulations for marine mammal viewing.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Maryann Watson
Publication Date: April 2019
Joint submission on Bill C-69

This joint submission to the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources regarding the Impact Assessment Act proposed under Bill C-69 contains five amendments to the bill proposed by West Coast Environmental Law and allied groups who have been deeply engaged on fede

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: March 2019
Pages: 10
Sustaining healthy fisheries, waters and economies: Bill C-68

This joint submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans regarding Bill C-68 had contributions from West Coast Environmental Law and reflects the views of a group of twenty-three (23) conservation and environmental organizations who have been working together on Fisherie

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: March 2019
Pages: 12

In December 2018, the BC government introduced its new climate plan – CleanBC – which includes a number of important steps to help reduce the province's greenhouse gas emissions and move toward a more sustainable economy.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: February 2019
Pages: 3

In 2017, the federal government introduced amendments to the Oceans Act in Bill C-55.

Author: Linda Nowlan, WCEL, Susanna Fuller, Oceans North, Sigrid Kuehnemund, WWF-Canada
Publication Date: February 2019
Pages: 8
Revised Q&A about Canada's Proposed New Impact Assessment Act

On February 8, 2018, the federal government tabled Bill C-69, which included a proposal to replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 with the new Impact Assessment Act (IAA).

Author: Anna Johnston
Publication Date: February 2019
Pages: 25
Regulatory and Implementation Framework for IAA

If passed, federal Bill C-69 would enact a new Impact Assessment Act that would require the government to weigh the positive and negative impacts of projects that affect the environment, like mines, dams and pipelines.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: December 2018
Pages: 58

The federal Impact Assessment Act proposed in Bill C-69 mandates the government to weigh the positive and negative impacts of projects that affect the environment, considering factors such as climate change, potential harm to watersheds and endangered species, public safety, and Indigeno

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: December 2018
Pages: 15

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