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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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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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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The objective of this report is to determine whether Development Cost Charge rates favour particular growth patterns and to suggest practical ways for municipalities to modify their systems to encourage smart growth and ...
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An overview of the law of free entry as it exists in Canada, and the problems arising from it. Solutions are not complex; the challenge is that info about this arcane legal system is not widely available. Public ...
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This paper briefly considers what is meant by public rights, then turns to a broader review of the cases that have interpreted government action that impacts on public rights. The relevant principle is illustrated and ...
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This document introduces the concept of smart growth, sets out the eight principles of smart growth, identifies benefits, and describes the challenges to developers, municipalities and citizens. It is one element of ...
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The purpose of this 4-pg paper is to discuss the powers of local governments under BC’s Health Act, in light of the Act and the developing case law.
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The objective of this 78-page report is to determine whether Development Cost Charge rates favour particular growth patterns and to suggest practical ways for municipalities to modify their systems to encourage smart ...
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This action plan shows how the need for sustainable communities could be accommodated within the current regulatory framework. It identifies green building practices and regulatory barriers to those practices, and ...
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Consequences of typical oil and gas projects in BC can be both global (greenhouse gas emissions) and local (seismic lines, roads, pumpjacks, etc.). The document helps citizens and communities better understand their own ...
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