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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
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
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

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
Q&A about 2018 Proposed Federal Fisheries Act Amendments

As part of a broader suite of environmental law reforms, (including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, National Energy Board Act, and Navigation Protection Act) the Fisheries Act has been under review since 2016.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Staff Lawyer, Maryann Watson, Marine Scientist
Publication Date: February 2018
Pages: 16