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West Coast Environmental Law

West Coast Environmental Law is BC’s legal champion for the environment. For over 40 years, West Coast has provided the expert research and analysis needed to inform strong environmental laws. Through our free advice and information service, environmental legal aid program, workshops, and publications, West Coast empowers citizens and organizations to protect our environment and provides a balanced and authoritative resource upon which British Columbians can rely.

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Whistle Blower Protection - Strategies for BC

Would-be whistle blowers often feel intimidated and helpless when forced to choose between participating in immoral behaviour or face the consequences of speaking out. This paper examines existing protections for ...
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Legal backgrounder- The Crown’s approach to First Nations consultation on the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline

This brief examines the Crown's duty to consult with First Nations on the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline and the approach taken to date, and makes recommendations on how such consultation should occur.
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Cutting Up the Safety Net

It is essential that the government maintain a safety net of robust laws, policies and programs if we are to protect the environment and build a sustainable economy. In recent years, the BC government has weakened the ...
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Smart Bylaws - Summary

This guide describes smart growth practices, including theory, case studies, technical standards & bylaws that can be tailored to specific municipal circumstances. It brings together best practices of BC municipalities ...
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Bill 36 Primer - NGO Oil and Gas Roundtable May 24, 2002

With the introduction of Bill 36, the BC Government intended to double oil and gas production, reduce regulation, and reduce staff. This briefing paper provides an overview of the bill with particular regard to the ...
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Kyoto, POPs, and Straddling Stocks: Understanding Environmental Treaties

This 243 page guide aims to increase public understanding in Canada about environmental treaties. It shows how these treaties influence environmental protection, and examines how Canada has implemented its treaty ...
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Groundwater Use in Canada

This case study focuses on groundwater use in Canada. It explores patterns of groundwater use across the country and notes some significant gaps. Its purpose is to compile the data and information available about ...
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Climate Change Primer

This paper discusses key issues related to oil and gas production/use and climate change, including the role of natural gas as a transitional "clean energy" fuel, the impact of the Kyoto protocol on oil and gas ...
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Coalbed Methane: A BC Local Government Guide

This Guide explains some of the environmental and social risks associated with coalbed methane development, and then focuses on some of the tools available for local governments to plan for, avoid and mitigate the ...
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Environmental Assessment Primer: NGO Oil and Gas Roundtable 2002, May 24-25, 2002

This discussion paper summarizes key points of interest or concern with respect to environmental assessment and how it may relate to oil and gas projects.
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