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The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development is conducting a study on  federal protected areas, looking at  how the full range of federal protected areas can work together to achieve both international conservation targets and domestic legislative objectives.

Author: Linda Nowlan
Publication Date: May 2016
Pages: 10

This open letter, endorsed by over 40 Canadian organizations representing hundreds of thousands of people, calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Cabinet Ministers to reject the pressure to champion tar sands pipelines.

Author: Open letter
Publication Date: April 2016
Pages: 3

The Fisheries Act is the key federal law for fish habitat protection

Author: Linda Nowlan and Anna Johnston
Publication Date: March 2016
Pages: 16

West Coast Environmental Law's submissions to the BC Ministry of Environment in response to the province's Climate Leadership Team report and the Ministry's public consultation. 

Author: Andrew Gage, Deborah Carlson
Publication Date: March 2016
Pages: 3

Author: Gavin Smith, Linda Nowlan and Georgia Lloyd-Smith
Publication Date: January 2016
Carbon Budget report

A new report – A Carbon Budget for Canada: A collaborative framework for federal and provincial climate leadership – explains how budgets and other best financial management practices provide a model for national leadership on climate change.

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: December 2015
Pages: 52
Taking Climate Justice Into Our Own Hands

This report, co-released by West Coast Environmental Law and the Vanuatu Environmental Law Association, explains how well-established principles of private international law allows the courts and governments of individual countries to take action against fossil fuel polluters.

Author: Andrew Gage, Margaretha Wewerinke
Publication Date: December 2015
Pages: 47

On December 22nd, West Coast Environmental Law and our allies in environmental assessment reform sent a letter to Catherine McKenna, Canada's new Minister of Environment and Climate Change, recommending a process for and key issues to examine in the review of environmental assessment processes sh

Author: Jessica Clogg et al
Publication Date: December 2015
Pages: 3

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the NEB process.

Author: open letter
Publication Date: November 2015
Pages: 4

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) is not working for the environment, the public, or industry.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Counsel
Publication Date: November 2015
Pages: 6

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