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This submission, supported by 28 different organizations, urges British Columbia to amend its Forest and Range Practices Act to ensure operational planning and forest practices maintain and where necessary restore healthy, fully functioning forest ecosystems that support ecological, cult

Author: Jessica Clogg et. al.
Publication Date: July 2019
Pages: 9

With a federal election approaching this fall, Canada’s political parties are preparing their climate platforms.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2019
Pages: 16
CleanBC Climate Accountability joint letter

With the CleanBC plan, the BC government has committed to the development of a climate accountability framework. West Coast Environmental Law and our allies agree that it is essential for the climate accountability process outlined in CleanBC be grounded in law.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2019
Pages: 4
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
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