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Canadians want strong environmental laws, and they deserve an environmental assessment process that delivers on core Canadian values related to the environment, democracy, and responsible development.

Author: Rachel S. Forbes, Josh Paterson, Jamie Kneen, Stephen Hazell, John Sinclair
Publication Date: February 2012
Pages: 13

West Coast Environmental Law comments on the proposed Natural Resource Road Act.

Author: Gage, Andrew
Publication Date: December 2011
Pages: 5

This is the West Coast Environmental Law review of the BC Ministry of Environment’s 2010 Water Act Modernization Discussion Paper.

Author: Gage, Andrew
Publication Date: April 2010
Pages: 12

The Pembina Institute and West Coast Environmental Law are pleased that the Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources will establish a new regulation regulating the environmental impacts of oil and gas activities in British Columbia.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Pembina Institute
Publication Date: December 2009
Pages: 11

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