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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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Timber Rules : Forest Regulations Lower Standards, Tie Government Hands and Reduce Accountability

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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Submission on the Wildlife Act Review

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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Time Well Spent: A Survey of Public Participation in Federal Environmental Assessment Panels

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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Establishing Effective Marine Protected Areas: Proposed Amendments to Bill C-55 (Oceans Act)

Key amendments to Bill C-55 (Oceans Act) requested by West Coast and other orgs to ensure lasting protection for species and habitats. There is an urgent need to amend the bill to include min. protections in all MPAs, ...
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Getting it Right: Strong Laws for Healthy Communities and a Resilient Environment

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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Guardian Watchmen: Upholding Indigenous Laws to Protect Land and Sea

For thousands of years, the Indigenous peoples of BC have protected and managed the lands and waters. Recently, through the creation of 'Guardian Watchmen' programs, nations have continued to uphold their governance ...
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Submission to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Regarding the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

West Coast’s written brief to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities to provide testimony on Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, summarizing the support for Bill C-48 and ...
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A Path to 2020 and Beyond: Protection of Canada's Oceans

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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Top 10 Recommendations for an Amended Oceans Act

In June 2017, the federal government tabled Bill C-55, proposing changes to Canada’s Oceans Act. However, Bill C-55 does not go far enough in providing effective protection for marine protected areas (MPAs) under the ...
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WCELA Submission on Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act

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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