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In July 2018, the federal government published a discussion paper, “Developing a Strategic Assessment of Climate Change,” which proposes key processes and questions to guide an assessment of how to better consider climate in environmental assessments.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer, Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: September 2018
Pages: 7

In August 2018, the BC government asked for public feedback on their “Clean Growth” intentions papers, which set out next steps in addressing climate change through “Clean, Efficient Buildings,” “Clean Transportation” and “Clean Growth for Industry.”

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 8
Caretakers of the Land and its People

Over the past several years, lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law have received a number of inquiries from Indigenous trapline holders in BC seeking to protect their hereditary and registered traplines from the cumulative impacts of various industrial projects including logging, mining, hydroe

Author: Bud Napoleon and Hannah Askew, With contributions from Siumshun (Richard Billy), Erica Stahl, Nico McKay, Yasmeen Peer, and Christina Clemente
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 92

Ensuring meaningful public participation is critical to the success of the provincial government’s efforts to revitalize British Columbia’s environmental assessment (EA) regime.

Author: Gavin Smith, Staff Lawyer, Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 9
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 gu

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