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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
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

Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, is about protecting a remote an ecologically important place from the introduction of a risk that does not currently exist there, namely the introduction of bulk crude oil tanker traffic.

Author: Gavin Smith
Publication Date: April 2019
Pages: 12
Joint submission on Bill C-69

This joint submission to the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources regarding the Impact Assessment Act proposed under Bill C-69 contains five amendments to the bill proposed by West Coast Environmental Law and allied groups who have been deeply engaged on fede

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: March 2019
Pages: 10
Sustaining healthy fisheries, waters and economies: Bill C-68

This joint submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans regarding Bill C-68 had contributions from West Coast Environmental Law and reflects the views of a group of twenty-three (23) conservation and environmental organizations who have been working together on Fisherie

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: March 2019
Pages: 12

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