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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
Guardian Watchmen: Upholding Indigenous Laws to Protect Land and Sea

For thousands of years, the Indigenous peoples of the place now known as British Columbia have protected and managed the lands and waters of their territories.

Author: Alex Kirby, Jana Kotaska, Coastal Stewardship Network
Publication Date: March 2018
Pages: 8
Better laws to reduce ocean plastics

Every year, Canadians remove over 100,000 kilograms of trash that accumulates on shorelines. But clean-ups don’t address the root problem of plastics reduction – Canada needs binding legal solutions to prevent and mitigate plastic pollution.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: March 2018

On February 8, 2018, the federal government tabled Bill C-69, which introduces a proposed new Impact Assessment Act (IAA) to replace the current Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: March 2018
Pages: 18
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

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
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
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

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