Bill 21, the Agricultural Land Commission Act replaces the previous Agricultural Land Reserve Act incorporating many of the provisions of the old Act, along with a number of key structural and substantive changes, including;
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On May 9, 2002, the BC government introduced Bill 38, a completely rewritten Environmental Assessment Act. In December of 2002, the government followed up the new Act with a new set of Regulations governing environmental assessment.
This brief contains the comments of West Coast Environmental Law in regard to the Smart Regulation for Canada, a consultation document released by the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation (EACSR) in July 2004.
Bill 33, the Forest Statutes Amendment Act, 2004, allows government to pass regulations that, in effect, give authority to company employees to determine if planned logging meets legal requirements.
On May 12, 2004, the Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection introduced Bill 51, the Wildlife Amendment Act, 2004, which will, if passed, make significant changes to the province's Wildlife Act, intended to enhance protection for species which are at risk of extinction.
This report concentrates on the impacts of land-based oil and gas development, rather than offshore impacts, and presents a ten-point mitigation plan. Adoption of each of these ten points is essential for BC to be on a path toward responsible development.
With the release of new forest practices regulations effective January 31, 2004, the BC provincial government has now finalized its “results-based” forest management regime.
On October 21, 2003 the BC government passed Bill 57, the Environmental Management Act (the “Act”). Bill 57 replaces BC’s main pollution law, the Waste Management Act, with a new regime.
Government decisions that give rise to a health risk to the public at large may have a very real impact on the right to life, liberty and security of the person of individuals and the public at large. Surprisingly, there has been comparatively little litigation examining whether s.