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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

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

In February 2018, the federal government tabled Bill C-68, which contained crucial amendments to the Fisheries Act.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Maryann Watson
Publication Date: April 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
2017-08 Fisheries Act Submission

This submission to the federal review of the Fisheries Act sets out West Coast Environmental Law Association’s top ten recommendations to strengthen and modernize this important law.

Author: Linda Nowlan
Publication Date: August 2017
Pages: 12
Modernizing the Fisheries Act

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (FOPO) submitted a report in February 2017, containing a series of recommendations that provide a sound basis for restoring lost protections to the Fisheries Act.

Author: (Multiple Authors)
Publication Date: May 2017
Pages: 5

On October 23, 2014,

Author: Anna Johnston
Publication Date: December 2014
Pages: 4

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

Does the federal omnibus budget bill make the grade on environmental assessment?

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association (R. Forbes & J. Clogg)
Publication Date: June 2012
Pages: 7

The federal government's budget announcement in late March 2012 and the Budget Bill (C-38) that followed in April 2012 were surrounded with statements from the government on the intent of environmental law rollbacks.

Author: Jessica Clogg, Rachel Forbes
Publication Date: March 2012
Pages: 1