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The Ministry of Environment is consulting on regulations that will allow cosmetic pesticide use, but limit the application to commercial lawn care companies or other licenced applicators.  We have chosen not to address each and every point of the proposed regulations, for the simple reason that t

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: December 2013
Pages: 4

West Coast's comments on the proposed Water Sustainability Act.  It is crucial that BC have an act that lives up to the name Water “Sustainability” Act and we hope that the current proposal can be strengthened to build a statute that ensures the sustainability of BC’s water resources.

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: November 2013
Pages: 17

THIRD EDITION, revised October 2013. This is a guide to the best practices associated with the use of conservation covenants. The Guide provides information about how ecologically significant private land can be protected using conservation covenants.

Author: Hillyer, Ann; Atkins, Judy (1st & 2nd eds.); van Drimmelen, Ben (3rd ed.)
Publication Date: October 2013
Pages: 209

During the gold rush, as thousands of prospectors made their way to the west, early colonial legislation gave them a right of “free entry” to most lands in the colony, and established a system for them to acquire mineral rights by “staking a claim”.

Author: Jessica Clogg
Publication Date: September 2013
Pages: 34

A letter to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) regarding the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC).  We review the NAAEC's failure to address Canada’s recent actions in gutting a wide range of environmental laws, appar

Author: Andrew Gage, Anna Johnston
Publication Date: August 2013
Pages: 4

West Coast Environmental Law has been an advocate for strong legal protection for fish and fish habitat in Canada for close to 40 years.

Author: Jessica Clogg
Publication Date: June 2013
Pages: 6

What is free entry? The free entry system is the dominant means of granting mineral tenures in Canada today. It gives mining companies the exclusive right to Crown-owned mineral substances from the surface of their claim to an unlimited extension downwards.

Author: Jessica Clogg
Publication Date: April 2013
Pages: 2

On February 26, 2013 a small group of opinion leaders and decision-makers from across BC came together to engage in a high level public dialogue about the challenge of managing the cumulative impacts of past, present and future human activities on BC’s ecosystems and communities, including the ev

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: March 2013
Pages: 10

In this report West Coast Environmental Law analyzes the resource management direction provided by twenty years of strategic land use planning in BC to address three related questions:    

Author: Jessica Clogg, Deborah Carlson
Publication Date: February 2013
Pages: 26

Residents of the Salish Sea region—Vancouver, Victoria, the Gulf Islands and Washington State—could see a four-fold increase in the number of oil tankers traveling from the Port of Metro Vancouver through Juan de Fuca Strait, if Kinder Morgan is permitted to build a new pipeline to carry oil from

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Living Oceans Society, Georgia Strait Alliance, and Wilderness Committee
Publication Date: January 2013
Pages: 12