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Design Basis for the Living Dike Concept

West Coast Environmental Law is leading an initiative to explore the implementation of coastal flood protection approaches that also protect and possibly enhance coastal and aquatic ecosystems. The “Living Dike” concept is aimed at minimizing the loss of coastal ecosystems while establishing floo

Author: John Readshaw
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 42

West Coast Environmental Law is one of more than 50 groups sending this letter to Premier John Horgan asking the BC government to enact a Liability for Climate-related Harms Act.

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 4
Stress-Free Seas

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are tools to reduce and relieve stress imposed on marine life by human activities, known by scientists as “stressors”.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 26

In the 1970s, Canada introduced a moratorium on offshore oil and gas activity to protect marine ecosystems on the Pacific coast, and in 2016 a similar moratorium was introduced to protect Arctic waters.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Maryann Watson, Stephanie Hewson
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 1

The BC government recently released its Environmental Assessment Revitalization Discussion Paper, which sets out proposals for what a new assessment process could look like and seeks public feedback.

Author: Gavin Smith, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 16

The RELAW project – which stands for Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water – was launched by West Coast Environmental Law in 2016 with the support and guidance of the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria. RELAW provides co-learning opportunities and legal support to Indigenous nations seeking to revitalize and apply their own laws to current environmental challenges. The St’át’imc were part of the first cohort of nations who participated in RELAW.

Author: Dean Billy, Lindsay Borrows, Jessica Clogg, Helen Copeland
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 44

The RELAW project – which stands for Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water – was launched by West Coast Environmental Law in 2016 with the support and guidance of the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria. RELAW provides co-learning opportunities and legal support to Indigenous nations seeking to revitalize and apply their own laws to current environmental challenges. The St’át’imc were part of the first cohort of nations who participated in RELAW.

Author: Dean Billy, Lindsay Borrows, Jessica Clogg, Helen Copeland
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 203

The RELAW project – which stands for Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water – was launched by West Coast Environmental Law in 2016 with the support and gu

Author: Dean Billy, Lindsay Borrows, Jessica Clogg, Helen Copeland
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 10

Written by a collaboration of Canada’s leading ocean scientists, Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, artists and communicators, Beyond 2020: Open Letter on Ocean Priorities for the Canadian Government outlines 5 areas of focus and actions they hope to see taken to reach their vision.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 7

In February 2018, the federal government tabled Bill C-69, which contains a new Impact Assessment Act to replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. At the same time, it released two consultation papers on supporting regulations.

Author: Anna Johnston
Publication Date: June 2018
Pages: 9

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