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Sustaining healthy fisheries, waters and economies: Bill C-68

This joint submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans regarding Bill C-68 had contributions from West Coast Environmental Law and reflects the views of a group of twenty-three (23) conservation and environmental organizations who have been working together on Fisheries Ac

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: March 2019
Pages: 12

In December 2018, the BC government introduced its new climate plan – CleanBC – which includes a number of important steps to help reduce the province's greenhouse gas emissions and move toward a more sustainable economy.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: February 2019
Pages: 3

In 2017, the federal government introduced amendments to the Oceans Act in Bill C-55.

Author: Linda Nowlan, WCEL, Susanna Fuller, Oceans North, Sigrid Kuehnemund, WWF-Canada
Publication Date: February 2019
Pages: 8
Revised Q&A about Canada's Proposed New Impact Assessment Act

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

Author: Anna Johnston
Publication Date: February 2019
Pages: 25
Regulatory and Implementation Framework for IAA

If passed, federal Bill C-69 would enact a new Impact Assessment Act that would require the government to weigh the positive and negative impacts of projects that affect the environment, like mines, dams and pipelines.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: December 2018
Pages: 58

The federal Impact Assessment Act proposed in Bill C-69 mandates the government to weigh the positive and negative impacts of projects that affect the environment, considering factors such as climate change, potential harm to watersheds and endangered species, public safety, and Indigeno

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: December 2018
Pages: 15

West Coast Environmental Law joins 33 environmental, justice and community organizations to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Catherine McKenna to institute a robust approach to climate accountability to ensure we do not miss our targets.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: December 2018
Pages: 5

In late October 2018, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans launched a brief study for Motion 154: Situation of Endangered Whales.

Author: Maryann Watson, Marine Scientist, Linda Nowlan, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2018
Pages: 13

In 2017 the BC government committed to reform environmental assessment (“EA”) in the province in order to “ensure the legal rights of First N

Author: Gavin Smith, Jessica Clogg
Publication Date: November 2018
Pages: 9

Together with Ecojustice, Pembina, Georgia Strait Alliance and Organizing for Change, West Coast Environmental Law Association has been insisting that BC’s climate action needs to be transparent, accountable and ambitious.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Pembina Institute, Georgia Strait Alliance, Ecojustice, Organizing for Change
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 7

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