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In early 2018, BC Attorney General David Eby reiterated commitments to introduce legislation to protect British Columbians from SLAPP suits (strategic lawsuits against public participation).

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: March 2018
Pages: 2
SNTC Telling the RELAW Story

The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (SNTC) has spearheaded a multi-year effort to engage all Secwépemc communities in a conversation about how to best achieve

Author: Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: March 2018
Pages: 8
Q&A about 2018 Proposed Federal Fisheries Act Amendments

As part of a broader suite of environmental law reforms, (including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, National Energy Board Act, and Navigation Protection Act) the Fisheries Act has been under review since 2016.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Staff Lawyer, Maryann Watson, Marine Scientist
Publication Date: February 2018
Pages: 16
WCEL BC EA Reform Cover January 2018

In the summer of 2017, BC’s new provincial government promised to reform environmental assessment and planning in British Columbia.

Author: Gavin Smith, Anna Johnston, Hannah Askew
Publication Date: January 2018
Pages: 24

In December 2017, the BC government opened an engagement process to solicit feedback from the general public, qualified professionals, and other stakeholders about how the current professional reliance model is working in BC.

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: January 2018
Pages: 15
EA Bill Guide

The federal government promised to fix Canada’s environmental assessment law by introducing new, fair processes that would win back public confidence.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: January 2018
Pages: 11
Getting it Right cover

The federal government's review of Canada's environmental laws presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen five of our most important statutes: the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, National Energy Board A

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, Freshwater Alliance, Pembina Institute, Northern Confluence, Tides Canada
Publication Date: November 2017
Pages: 12
Top 10 Oceans Act Amendments

In June 2017, the federal government tabled Bill C-55, proposing changes to Canada’s Oceans Act. Unfortunately, Bill C-55 does not go far enough in providing effective protection for marine protected areas (MPAs) under the Act.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Maryann Watson, Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Stephanie Hewson
Publication Date: November 2017
Pages: 2

There are many different legal authorities and regulations that have a role in the management of coastal floodplains in BC. West Coast Environmental Law has prepared this infographic to help explain the very complicated regulatory environment, and to guide community discussions about planning and implementing green infrastructure in these areas.

Author: Deborah Carlson, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2017
Pages: 1
WCELA Brief on Bill C-55

West Coast Environmental Law Association was invited to appear as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to provide testimony on Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Stephanie Hewson, Maryann Watson
Publication Date: November 2017
Pages: 28