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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
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

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

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
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In the summer of 2017, BC’s new provincial government promised to reform environmental assessment and planning in British Columbia.

Author: Gavin Smith, Anna Johnston, Hannah Askew
Publication Date: January 2018
Pages: 24

In December 2017, the BC government opened an engagement process to solicit feedback from the general public, qualified professionals, and other stakeholders about how the current professional reliance model is working in BC.

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: January 2018
Pages: 15
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The federal government's review of Canada's environmental laws presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen five of our most important statutes: the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, National Energy Board A

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, Freshwater Alliance, Pembina Institute, Northern Confluence, Tides Canada
Publication Date: November 2017
Pages: 12

In fall 2016, the federal government began a review of changes to the Fisheries Act, with the aim o

Author: Linda Nowlan
Publication Date: November 2016
Pages: 36

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