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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The SCC has written about the fundamental importance of environmental protection. However, this approach has not been supported in the courts. This paper argues that the reason for the absence of a shift in case law is ...
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The Forest and Range Practices Act of 2002 brought in a new era of forestry deregulation that placed an unprecedented degree of control over public resources in the hands of forest companies. There are inadequate checks ...
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As part of the BC Ministry of Environment 2007 review of the Wildlife Act, West Coast Environmental Law made a series of recommendations which encouraged the focus on wildlife protection, transparency, accountability ...
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This brief comments on Smart Regulation for Canada, a 2004 a document by the EACSR. We support many of the recommendations. However, those related to risk management and international standards, and voluntary ...
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This paper provides an overview of public participation in the review panel process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Our purpose is to assess experience with public participation, and to make ...
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Document is prepared by Dr. Bates, and published by West Coast to avoid errors in the health risk assessments for large facilities that cause air pollution.
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The federal government's review of Canada's environmental laws presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen five of our most important statutes. This booklet contains key recommendations from leading ...
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Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) are civil actions with little merit advanced with the intent of stifling participation in public policy and decision-making. This document helps you identify ...
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West Coast Environmental Law Association was invited to appear as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Supports Bill C-55, recommendations for marine protected areas (MPAs), ...
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Canada's Oceans Act is 20 years old, its full implementation has yet to be realized. Our oceans leaders and practitioners came together to chart a path to achieve effective protection, meet legal obligations to protect ...
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