Smart growth is taking off in British Columbia. In recognition of BCs leadership role, West Coast Environmental Law has developed a Smart Bylaws Guide to assist local governments to implement smart growth strategies through policy and bylaw changes.
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Many municipalities and developers in British Columbia are emerging as North American leaders in smart growth practices at the regional and local scale. Residents are demanding more choices in where they live and the quality of neighbourhoods and job opportunities.
The BC government introduced Bill 84 – the Parks and Protected Areas Statutes Amendment Act, 2003 -- on November 18, 2003. The Bill does three things:
Note: This is a summary of our larger, 78 page document of the same title. The larger report may
This discussion paper analyses the impacts and implications of recent Forest Act amendments contained in Bills 27, 28, 29, 44 & 45 for BC First Nations. In spring 2003, the British Columbia provincial government introduced 5 pieces of forestry legislation.
As outsiders to the land trust world, we ask Land Trust Alliance (LTA) members to grant us a small licence as we make the following pitch: for conservation reasons, invest in working farms.
Pump it Out: The Environmental Costs of BC's Upstream Oil and Gas Industry is a web-based guide for citizens interested in knowing more about the environmental consequences of a typical upstream oil and gas project in BC.
With the introduction of Bill 36, the BC Government is intending to double oil and gas production, reduce regulation, and reduce staff.
Climate change could have catastrophic effects globally and in BC, the Prairies and Canada's North.