The provincial government issued a discussion paper in April 2014 which proposed giving a small group of hand-picked companies virtually exclusive harvesting rights over vast areas of the interior in
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A joint letter from West Coast Environmental Law, CPAWS-BC, SierraClub BC, Forest Solutions, and the Wilderness Committee to the Premier and Minister of Environment regarding Bill 4 and concerns about industrial research in BC Parks and Protected Areas.
The Ministry of Environment is consulting on regulations that will allow cosmetic pesticide use, but limit the application to commercial lawn care companies or other licenced applicators. We have chosen not to address each and every point of the proposed regulations, for the simple reason that t
West Coast's comments on the proposed Water Sustainability Act. It is crucial that BC have an act that lives up to the name Water “Sustainability” Act and we hope that the current proposal can be strengthened to build a statute that ensures the sustainability of BC’s water resources.
THIRD EDITION, revised October 2013. This is a guide to the best practices associated with the use of conservation covenants. The Guide provides information about how ecologically significant private land can be protected using conservation covenants.
During the gold rush, as thousands of prospectors made their way to the west, early colonial legislation gave them a right of “free entry” to most lands in the colony, and established a system for them to acquire mineral rights by “staking a claim”.
A letter to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) regarding the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). We review the NAAEC's failure to address Canada’s recent actions in gutting a wide range of environmental laws, appar
West Coast Environmental Law has been an advocate for strong legal protection for fish and fish habitat in Canada for close to 40 years.
What is free entry? The free entry system is the dominant means of granting mineral tenures in Canada today. It gives mining companies the exclusive right to Crown-owned mineral substances from the surface of their claim to an unlimited extension downwards.
On February 26, 2013 a small group of opinion leaders and decision-makers from across BC came together to engage in a high level public dialogue about the challenge of managing the cumulative impacts of past, present and future human activities on BC’s ecosystems and communities, including the ev