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BC Coastal Jurisdiction FAQ

BC exercises considerable jurisdiction in the marine and coastal realm, and works closely with other levels of government who share this jurisdiction – including Indigenous, federal and local governments.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Stephanie Hewson
Publication Date: November 2019
Pages: 4
From the Ground Up: Celebrating 30 Years of the EDRF

Since 1989, the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) has supported community efforts to defend the health of the environment and build a more sustainable British Columbia.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: November 2019
Pages: 15
Photo credit: Tyler Batty

A Backgrounder on BC’s Proposed Changes to the Reviewable Projects Regulation

Author: Gavin Smith, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: September 2019
Pages: 24
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In 2015, Ministerial mandate letters charged three federal Ministers with responsibility for reforms on fisheries, protected areas, shipping, and wildlife protection.

Author: Stephanie Hewson, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2019
Pages: 16
Making the Grade: A Report Card on Canada's New Impact Assessment Act

On August 28, 2019, the federal government brought Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act (IAA) into force, replacing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: August 2019
Pages: 6
Open Letter on Impact Assessment Act Project List

In June 2019, the federal government passed Bill C-69, which enacts a new Impact Assessment Act and Canadian Energy Regulator Act, and strengthens the Navigation Protection Act.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: August 2019
Pages: 5
SeaBlue NMCA Submission

In summer 2019, Parks Canada requested feedback on proposed revisions to policy and regulations related to National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCAs). This submission outlines key recommendations from SeaBlue Canada to strengthen these policies to better protect biodiversity and effectively manag

Author: SeaBlue Canada
Publication Date: July 2019
Pages: 3

This submission, supported by 28 different organizations, urges British Columbia to amend its Forest and Range Practices Act to ensure operational planning and forest practices maintain and where necessary restore healthy, fully functioning forest ecosystems that support ecological, cult

Author: Jessica Clogg et. al.
Publication Date: July 2019
Pages: 9

With a federal election approaching this fall, Canada’s political parties are preparing their climate platforms.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2019
Pages: 16
CleanBC Climate Accountability joint letter

With the CleanBC plan, the BC government has committed to the development of a climate accountability framework. West Coast Environmental Law and our allies agree that it is essential for the climate accountability process outlined in CleanBC be grounded in law.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2019
Pages: 4

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