On October 21, 2003 the BC government passed its Bill 57, the Environmental Management Act. Bill 57 replaces BC's main pollution law, the Waste Management Act, with a new regime that is part of the BC government's deregulation initiative.
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Smart growth is taking off in British Columbia. In recognition of BCs leadership role, West Coast Environmental Law has developed a Smart Bylaws Guide to assist local governments to implement smart growth strategies through policy and bylaw changes.
Many municipalities and developers in British Columbia are emerging as North American leaders in smart growth practices at the regional and local scale. Residents are demanding more choices in where they live and the quality of neighbourhoods and job opportunities.
Note: This is a summary of our larger, 78 page document of the same title. The larger report may
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.
We agree with the authors of the Discussion Paper that there are some significant problems with the current Act and its regulations.
These notes have been prepared by Dr. Bates and published by West Coast Environmental Law in order to avoid repetition of errors in the health risk assessments for large facilities that cause air pollution.
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.
In 2001, West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation set out to develop an action plan for how the need for sustainable communities could be accommodated within the current regulatory framework.