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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
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
Q+A on 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: March 2018
Pages: 20
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
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
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
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

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