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This report details the range of tools local governments are using to protect the agricultural working landscape, and directs readers to specific examples of local government bylaws and policies.

Author: Curran, Deborah
Publication Date: November 2005
Pages: 56

This Submission is a response to the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) requests for comments on the application of the Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission (CCRIFC) to have the IJC enforce the conditions of its Order of Approval for the Grand Coulee Dam and reservoir (th

Author: Gage, Andrew; Bankes, Nigel (assistance)
Publication Date: October 2005
Pages: 10

On March 31, 2005 the province’s new Riparian Areas Regulation (the “RAR”) will come into force. The RAR, designed to protect fish and fish habitat from inappropriate development, significantly weakens an earlier regulation, the Streamside Protection Regulation (“SPR”).

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: June 2005
Pages: 4

The 2005 Draft GVRD Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) lacks much of the specificity that made the 1994 AQMP a success. While objectives for ambient air quality have been improved, there are no clear objectives for reductions in emissions.

Author: Rolfe, Chris; Klenavic, Nancy
Publication Date: May 2005
Pages: 14

West Coast has reviewed an Initial Draft Discussion Paper prepared and circulated on March 11, 2005 by Perrin, Thorau and Associates, consultants to the BC Minister of Energy and Mines, and submits the following comments on the issue of access to information regarding compensation details in petr

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: March 2005
Pages: 7

SECOND EDITION, revised 2005. This is a guide to the best practices associated with the use of conservation covenants. The primary focus of the Guide is on using conservation covenants for the protection of ecologically significant private land.

Author: Hillyer, Ann; Atkins, Judy
Publication Date: March 2005
Pages: 150

As society grapples with environmental problems ranging from toxic contamination to climate change, it is essential that government maintain a safety net of robust laws, policies and programs aimed at protecting our environment and building a solid foundation from which to grow a thriving, sustai

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: February 2005
Pages: 60

This report is aimed at providing background information and analysis that will assist attendees at a workshop convened by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection to discuss air quality issues on and around Indian Reserves.

Author: Rolfe, Chris
Publication Date: February 2005
Pages: 34

Full text can be found here.

Author: Myers, Tom; Chambers, David; Crook, Amy
Publication Date: January 2005
Pages: 12

British Columbia is in the initial phase of coal bed methane (CBM) exploration and production. CBM production requires an operator to dewater coal seam aquifers to release the methane gas for capture.

Author: Myers, Tom; Chambers, David; Crook, Amy
Publication Date: January 2005
Pages: 12