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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

There are many different legal authorities and regulations that have a role in the management of coastal floodplains in BC. West Coast Environmental Law has prepared this infographic to help explain the very complicated regulatory environment, and to guide community discussions about planning and implementing green infrastructure in these areas.

Author: Deborah Carlson, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2017
Pages: 1
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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
Between Law and Action

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted in 2007, and was endorsed by the Government of Canada in 2016. More recently, the federal government released its Principles res

Author: Hannah Askew, Corey Snelgrove, Kelsey R Wrightson, Don Couturier, Alisa Koebel, Linda Nowlan, Karen Bakker
Publication Date: September 2017
Pages: 54

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

In 2015, the mandate letters for both the Minister of Transport and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: November 2016
Pages: 8

The inclusion of environmental flow needs (“EFNs”) in the Water Sustainability Act (“WSA”) is a significant step forward in the management of our water resources in British Columbia.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: October 2015
Pages: 5

This publication is West Coast's written submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources study of Divisions 4, 18 and 21 of Part 4 of omnibus budget Bill C-45.

Author: Rachel Forbes
Publication Date: November 2012
Pages: 10

On November 21st, 2012, First Nations and environmental, recreation and grassroots groups supported by more than half a million Canadians issued an open letter opposing the federal government’s controversial second omnibus bill of 2012, Bill C-45.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association et al.
Publication Date: November 2012
Pages: 2

Few legal interpretations have been as hot political issues or obscured in as much rhetoric. The question of whether Canadian trade obligations with the United States and more recently Mexico give the U.S.

Author: Rolfe, Christopher
Publication Date: February 2012
Pages: 4

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