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This Submission is a response to the International Joint Commissions (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
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”).
West Coast has reviewed an Initial Draft Discussion Paper prepared and circulated on March 11, 2005 by Perrin, Thorau and Associates, consultants to the BC Minister of Energy and Mines, and submits the following comments on the issue of access to information regarding compensation details in petr
As society grapples with environmental problems ranging from toxic contamination to climate change, it is essential that government maintain a safety net of robust laws, policies and programs aimed at protecting our environment and building a solid foundation from which to grow a thriving, sustai
British Columbia is in the initial phase of coal bed methane (CBM) exploration and production. CBM production requires an operator to dewater coal seam aquifers to release the methane gas for capture.
On May 9, 2002, the BC government introduced Bill 38, a completely rewritten Environmental Assessment Act. In December of 2002, the government followed up the new Act with a new set of Regulations governing environmental assessment.
Bill 21, the Agricultural Land Commission Act replaces the previous Agricultural Land Reserve Act incorporating many of the provisions of the old Act, along with a number of key structural and substantive changes, including;
This brief contains the comments of West Coast Environmental Law in regard to the Smart Regulation for Canada, a consultation document released by the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation (EACSR) in July 2004.
On May 12, 2004, the Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection introduced Bill 51, the Wildlife Amendment Act, 2004, which will, if passed, make significant changes to the province's Wildlife Act, intended to enhance protection for species which are at risk of extinction.