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For the past 20 years the West Coast Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) has provided legal support to British Columbians seeking to protect their environment.

Author: Gage, Andrew; Bryant, Dani; Hume, Emma
Publication Date: December 2009
Pages: 20

The Supreme Court of Canada's affirmation of the existence of public environmental rights in Canadian Forest Products v. B. C. is the latest in a long line of authority·recognizing the existence of public rights in respect of the natural environment.

Author: Gage, Andrew
Publication Date: October 2007
Pages: 16

Author: Gage, Andrew; Saha, Rika
Publication Date: August 2007
Pages: 44

The BC Ministry of Environment is currently conducting a review of the Wildlife Act, with the intention of introducing a series of amendments to modernize the Act. West Coast Environmental Law has reviewed the Discussion Paper prepared by Ministry staff as part of this Review.

Author: Gage, Andrew; Kearns, Stephanie
Publication Date: June 2007
Pages: 7

West Coast Environmental Law receives many pesticide-related queries each year. Members of the public are concerned about the risks of commercial and home pesticide use in our communities and they want to know what avenues are available to them to counter the threats posed by these toxins.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: May 2007
Pages: 60

You won’t find “Public Rights” in the index of any of the main texts on statutory interpretation in Canada. You will find sections on aboriginal rights, possibly customary rights, and definitely private rights.

Author: Gage, Andrew
Publication Date: April 2006
Pages: 26

West Coast Environmental Law and the Sierra Legal Defence Fund have now had an opportunity to review the Oil and Gas Regulatory Improvement Initiative (OGRII) Discussion Paper, dated December 1, 2005.

Author: Oil & Gas; Laws;
Publication Date: February 2006
Pages: 7

This report details the range of tools local governments are using to protect the agricultural working landscape, and directs readers to specific examples of local government bylaws and policies.

Author: Curran, Deborah
Publication Date: November 2005
Pages: 56

This Submission is a response to the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) requests for comments on the application of the Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission (CCRIFC) to have the IJC enforce the conditions of its Order of Approval for the Grand Coulee Dam and reservoir (th

Author: Gage, Andrew; Bankes, Nigel (assistance)
Publication Date: October 2005
Pages: 10

On March 31, 2005 the province’s new Riparian Areas Regulation (the “RAR”) will come into force. The RAR, designed to protect fish and fish habitat from inappropriate development, significantly weakens an earlier regulation, the Streamside Protection Regulation (“SPR”).

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: June 2005
Pages: 4