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In September 2019, Alberta launched a constitutional reference (legal challenge) of Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: June 2020
Pages: 47

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
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A Backgrounder on BC’s Proposed Changes to the Reviewable Projects Regulation

Author: Gavin Smith, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: September 2019
Pages: 24
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In 2015, Ministerial mandate letters charged three federal Ministers with responsibility for reforms on fisheries, protected areas, shipping, and wildlife protection.

Author: Stephanie Hewson, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2019
Pages: 16
Making the Grade: A Report Card on Canada's New Impact Assessment Act

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).

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: August 2019
Pages: 6
Open Letter on Impact Assessment Act Project List

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.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: August 2019
Pages: 5

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

Author: Jessica Clogg et. al.
Publication Date: July 2019
Pages: 9

With a federal election approaching this fall, Canada’s political parties are preparing their climate platforms.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2019
Pages: 16

In 2003, southern resident killer whales (SRKWs) were listed as Endangered, the most serious “at risk” status under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). More recently, federal Fisheries and Environment Ministers determined that the SRKWs faced an ‘imminent threat’ to their survival.

Author: Linda Nowlan
Publication Date: May 2019
Pages: 6
Stronger Laws for Marine Mammals

Canada has no shortage of legal tools to protect marine mammals: marine protected areas (MPAs), species protection, and regulations for marine mammal viewing.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Maryann Watson
Publication Date: April 2019

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