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Healthy coastal ecosystems are essential for maintaining biodiversity and liveable coastal communities, providing critical habitat, water quality protection, food and medicinal plants for harvesting, lessening of coastal erosion, resilience to climate change, and flood regulation.

Author: Deborah Carlson - Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 44

This report reviews the trends, changes, and projections which have been studied in British Columbia’s coastal habitats and species, with a focus on those under provincial

Author: Maryann Watson
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 81
Blueprint for restoring ecological governance to the Lower Fraser River cover

The Lower Fraser River and its estuary host a remarkable diversity of species within a globally important ecosystem, including its role as one of the greatest salmon bearing rivers in the world.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: October 2020
Pages: 10

In July 2020, the federal government released draft terms of reference for a strategic assessment of thermal coal mining. Done right, a strategic assessment could help halt the mining and export of this carbon-intensive product.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Counsel
Publication Date: October 2020
Pages: 33
Recommendations on Terms of Reference for Strategic Assessment of Thermal Coal Mining

In July 2020, the federal government released draft terms of reference for a strategic assessment of thermal coal mining – the first strategic assessment conducted under Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Counsel
Publication Date: September 2020
Pages: 11

British Columbia is one of the few coastal jurisdictions in North America that does not have a coastal law or strategy.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: July 2020
Pages: 8

Canada has missed every greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction target that has been set prior to its 2030 target. In order to meet our obligations to address climate change, a legal framework is needed to ensure accountability.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2020
Pages: 44
TMX Legal Timeline

Since the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project (TMX) was first proposed in 2013, there has been a series of legal challenges over government decisions to approve the project.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: April 2020
Pages: 1
BC Emergency Management Joint Submission

In January 2020, the BC government sought public input on the province's emergency management legislation. 

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 5
Caring for our Coast brief

British Columbia’s iconic coast extends for tens of thousands of kilometres and is relied upon by millions of people. It is one of the largest coastal jurisdictions in the world.

Author: Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Deborah Carlson, Michael Bissonnette
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 8

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