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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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Provincial Forestry Revitalization Plan – Forest Act Amendments: Impacts and implications for BC First Nations

This discussion paper analyses the impacts and implications of Forest Act amendments contained in Bills 27, 28, 29, 44 & 45 for BC First Nations. These bills represent a complete overhaul of the regime for forest tenure ...
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Land Use Planning: Law Reform Discussion Paper

Provincial law & policy presents barriers to First Nations land use planning. This paper provides a historical overview of strategic land use planning in BC, highlights key considerations in reforming law and policy in ...
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Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline risks for downstream communities and fisheries

This 3-page document focuses on the potential impacts of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project on First Nations and other communities living downstream of the pipeline's river crossings.
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The Smart Growth Guide to Local Government Law and Advocacy

Smart growth refers to urban development approaches that are fiscally, socially and environmentally responsible. The purpose of this guide is to provide information on how the law can be used to prevent sprawl and to ...
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The Green Infrastructure Guide: Issues, Implementation Strategies and Success Stories

A look at BC’s local government experience implementing engineered green infrastructure designs. It encourages successful designs by reporting on legal & policy strategies, what some of the implementation ...
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Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline – Getting the Decision Right

This 6-page document analyzes the limitations of the proposed review process for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project, and proposes solutions.
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Laws for Air Quality on and off First Nations’ Land in BC: Background Paper for workshop convened by Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection

This 34-page report provides background information and analysis relating to air quality issues on and around Indian Reserves in BC.
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Strengthening the GVRD Air Quality Management Plan : Submissions to the Greater Vancouver Regional District Regarding the 2005 Draft Air Quality Management Plan

In 2005 the GVRD moved to adopt a new Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) with the aim of maintaining and improving GVRD air quality. In several ways, the 2005 Draft AQMP is an improvement from the 1994 plan, but it also ...
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Response to the Proposed Waste Discharge Regulation

In 2003 the Environmental Management Act was passed, replacing the Waste Management Act, as part of the BC government’s deregulation initiative. The proposed Waste Discharge Regulation would be created under the new ...
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Oil and Gas in British Columbia: 10 Steps to Responsible Development

This report concentrates on the impacts of land-based oil and gas development, rather than offshore impacts, and presents a ten-point mitigation plan. Adoption of each of these ten points is essential for BC to be on a ...
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