In the wake of BC’s historic decision to enshrine the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law, Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative and West Coast Environmental Law teamed up to explore future possib
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BC exercises considerable jurisdiction in the marine and coastal realm, and works closely with other levels of government who share this jurisdiction – including Indigenous, federal and local governments.
A Backgrounder on BC’s Proposed Changes to the Reviewable Projects Regulation
In 2015, Ministerial mandate letters charged three federal Ministers with responsibility for reforms on fisheries, protected areas, shipping, and wildlife protection.
On August 28, 2019, the federal government brought Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act (IAA) into force, replacing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).
In June 2019, the federal government passed Bill C-69, which enacts a new Impact Assessment Act and Canadian Energy Regulator Act, and strengthens the Navigation Protection Act.
In summer 2019, Parks Canada requested feedback on proposed revisions to policy and regulations related to National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCAs). This submission outlines key recommendations from SeaBlue Canada to strengthen these policies to better protect biodiversity and effectively manag
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
With a federal election approaching this fall, Canada’s political parties are preparing their climate platforms.
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.