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Regulatory and Implementation Framework for IAA

If passed, federal Bill C-69 would enact a new Impact Assessment Act that would require the government to weigh the positive and negative impacts of projects that affect the environment, like mines, dams and pipelines.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: December 2018
Pages: 58

The federal Impact Assessment Act proposed in Bill C-69 mandates the government to weigh the positive and negative impacts of projects that affect the environment, considering factors such as climate change, potential harm to watersheds and endangered species, public safety, and Indigeno

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: December 2018
Pages: 15

In 2017 the BC government committed to reform environmental assessment (“EA”) in the province in order to “ensure the legal rights of First N

Author: Gavin Smith, Jessica Clogg
Publication Date: November 2018
Pages: 9

Following a successful constitutional challenge to legal restrictions on the public policy activities of charities in 2018, the federal Minister of Finance sought comment on proposed legislativ

Author: Jessica Clogg, Executive Director & Senior Counsel
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 5

BC communities face a rising tide of climate costs. Prior to the 2018 municipal election, West Coast Environmental Law has produced Climate Law In Our Hands: A Resource for Local Government Candidates.

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer, Anjali Appadurai, Climate Communications Specialist
Publication Date: September 2018
Pages: 16
Caretakers of the Land and its People

Over the past several years, lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law have received a number of inquiries from Indigenous trapline holders in BC seeking to protect their hereditary and registered traplines from the cumulative impacts of various industrial projects including logging, mining, hydroe

Author: Bud Napoleon and Hannah Askew, With contributions from Siumshun (Richard Billy), Erica Stahl, Nico McKay, Yasmeen Peer, and Christina Clemente
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 92

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

The BC government recently released its Environmental Assessment Revitalization Discussion Paper, which sets out proposals for what a new assessment process could look like and seeks public feedback.

Author: Gavin Smith, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 16

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 February 2018, the federal government tabled Bill C-69, which contains a new Impact Assessment Act to replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. At the same time, it released two consultation papers on supporting regulations.

Author: Anna Johnston
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 11