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There are many different legal authorities and regulations that have a role in the management of coastal floodplains in BC. West Coast Environmental Law has prepared this infographic to help explain the very complicated regulatory environment, and to guide community discussions about planning and implementing green infrastructure in these areas.

Author: Deborah Carlson, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2017
Pages: 1
EA Reform Summit Proceedings

In November 2015, the Ministers of Environment and Climate Change, Fisheries, Transport, Natural Resources, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Science were given the mandate to review Canada’s environmental assessment processes or to support that review.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Counsel
Publication Date: August 2016
Pages: 76
The Andrew Thompson award was established in 2002 by West Coast Environmental Law and the Thompson family as a legacy to Dr. Andrew Thompson, and was made possible through the generosity of the Thompson family.
Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: November 2014
Pages: 2
As part of a broader review of the process of environmental assessment (EA) in British Columbia, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) sought stakeholder advice on public participation in EA in BC.  
Author: Jessica Clogg; Anna Johnston
Publication Date: November 2014
Pages: 7

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

The purpose of the Draft Community Charter is to provide more autonomy to, and require accountability from, municipalities. This allows municipalities to craft place-specific solutions that respond to local conditions.

Author: Curran, Deborah
Publication Date: December 2002
Pages: 26

We agree with the authors of the Discussion Paper that there are some significant problems with the current Act and its regulations.

Author: Gage, Andrew
Publication Date: November 2002
Pages: 15

Recent initiatives indicate that the government intends to shift the delivery of services from the public to the private sector in areas that have traditionally been off limits.

Author: Campbell, Karen
Publication Date: July 2002
Pages: 12

Overall, we believe that the ERD must be strengthened in order for it to meaningfully reflect the EDC's commitment to ensuring its activities are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.

Author: Campbell, Karen
Publication Date: March 2002
Pages: 8

The Canadian government, and its insistence on ''credit for sinks,'' was blamed for blocking progress on an international deal to stop climate change. Why the concern over credit for sinks?

Author: Rolfe, Chris
Publication Date: July 2001
Pages: 70

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