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In late October 2018, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans launched a brief study for Motion 154: Situation of Endangered Whales.

Author: Maryann Watson, Marine Scientist, Linda Nowlan, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2018
Pages: 13
Stress-Free Seas

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are tools to reduce and relieve stress imposed on marine life by human activities, known by scientists as “stressors”.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 26

In the 1970s, Canada introduced a moratorium on offshore oil and gas activity to protect marine ecosystems on the Pacific coast, and in 2016 a similar moratorium was introduced to protect Arctic waters.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Maryann Watson, Stephanie Hewson
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 1

Written by a collaboration of Canada’s leading ocean scientists, Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, artists and communicators, Beyond 2020: Open Letter on Ocean Priorities for the Canadian Government outlines 5 areas of focus and actions they hope to see taken to reach their vision.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 7

In Canada, nearly 90 per cent of plastics end up incinerated, or in our landfills, lakes, parks and oceans. Once in the environment, they contaminate ecosystems, kill wildlife, and leach toxic chemicals. It’s time for Canada to deal with its plastic production, waste, and pollution problem. It’s time for government action.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 4

Human activities like fishing, shipping and oil exploration increasingly put pressure on our oceans and marine life.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: May 2018
Pages: 1

This infographic explains why Canada's marine protected areas (MPAs) need updated and stronger legal protections.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: May 2018
Pages: 1

This report, released by a coalition of leading Canadian environmental organizations, measures the federal government’s progress toward meeting its platform and mandate commitments on environmental issues across the country.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: May 2018
Pages: 65

This submission contains West Coast Environmental Law’s comments on the BC government’s 2018 Policy Intentions Paper on spill preparedness and response in BC.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association
Publication Date: April 2018
Better laws to reduce ocean plastics

Every year, Canadians remove over 100,000 kilograms of trash that accumulates on shorelines. But clean-ups don’t address the root problem of plastics reduction – Canada needs binding legal solutions to prevent and mitigate plastic pollution.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: March 2018

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