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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

West Coast Environmental Law Association was invited to appear as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities to provide testimony on Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

Author: Gavin Smith
Publication Date: October 2017
Pages: 11
Oceans20 Workshop Report

In June 2017, over 80 stakeholders from across the country working in government, academia, industry, and the non-profit sector came together in Ottawa for the Oceans20: Canada's Oceans Act Workshop.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association
Publication Date: October 2017
Pages: 51
Oceans20 Workshop Key Messages

Canada’s Oceans Act is 20 years old, yet its full implementation has yet to be realized. To meet the increasing challenges facing our oceans, leaders and practitioners came together in June 2017 at the Oceans20 workshop in Ottawa to chart a path to:

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, CPAWS, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Centre
Publication Date: October 2017
Pages: 2

In May 2017, Canada's federal government introduced Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: October 2017
Pages: 2
Bill C-55 Brief

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: West Coast Environmental Law Association, CPAWS, Ecology Action Centre, David Suzuki Foundation, WWF-Canada, East Coast Environmental Law, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Publication Date: October 2017
Pages: 2
Between Law and Action

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted in 2007, and was endorsed by the Government of Canada in 2016. More recently, the federal government released its Principles res

Author: Hannah Askew, Corey Snelgrove, Kelsey R Wrightson, Don Couturier, Alisa Koebel, Linda Nowlan, Karen Bakker
Publication Date: September 2017
Pages: 54
2017-08 WCEL EA Submission

This submission outlines key recommendations from West Coast Environmental Law Association in response to the federal government's

Author: Anna Johnston, Jessica Clogg
Publication Date: August 2017
Pages: 19
Thumbnail of August 2017 letter re: Federal EA Review

In June 2017, the federal government released its Environmental and Regulatory

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, Nature Canada, MiningWatch Canada, Centre Québécois du Droit de L’Environnement, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, Anna Johnston, Jessica Clogg
Publication Date: August 2017
Pages: 4
EA Summit II Outcomes

In June 2017, environmental assessment (EA) experts from across Canada gathered in Ottawa to discuss how to implement next-generation EA principles in Canadian legislation.

Author: Anna Johnston
Publication Date: August 2017
Pages: 40

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