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Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

The Environmental Law Centre Society provides research and advocacy on public interest environmental issues. Operating under the supervision of a senior environmental lawyer, our students provide pro bono legal representation and legal assistance to community/conservation groups and First Nations; produce citizen handbooks and other public legal education materials; and advocate on a wide range of environmental law reform issues.

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Case Studies of Agricultural Land Commission Decisions: The Need for Inquiry and Reform

On behalf of the Agricultural Land Reserve Protection and Enhancement Committee, this report identifies flaws in recent decisions of British Columbia's Agricultural Land Commission and is the basis for a request to the ...
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Report on the Sencot'en Alliance's Participation in the Planning and Management of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

On behalf of the Sencot’en Alliance –an alliance of four Coast Salish First Nations– this report is intended to be used as a tool in the participation of First Nations in the planning and management of the Gulf Islands ...
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Compost Regulation in British Columbia: Regulatory Overview, Best Practices and Recommendations for Law Reform

When done properly, composting offers many benefits to communities and the environment. This report sets out some of the common concerns associated with large-scale composting operations, examines existing regulations ...
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Environmental Assessment in BC

This report documents how British Columbia's provincial environmental assessment law is weak and discretionary when compared to other jurisdictions and makes 27 recommendations for reform.
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Water Licences and Conservation: Future Directions for Land Trusts in British Columbia

Prepared for the Land Trust Alliance of BC, this report gives an overview of how water is managed in British Columbia and the immediate conservation opportunities to protect water for ecosystem uses such as fish and ...
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Environmental Development Permit Areas: In Practice and in Caselaw

This report, prepared for Saanich Action for the Environment, shows how local government can use its discretion to craft Environmental Development Permit Areas (EDPAs) tailored to its particular region.
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An Old Growth Protection Act for British Columbia

This report prepared for the Ancient Forest Alliance, reviews the current framework for protecting old growth forests. It makes recommendations for retaining old growth based on the best available science, phasing out ...
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Casual Carpooling: A Background Guide

Prepared for Paths on Pender, this guide focuses on legal and administrative issues involved in establishing a car stop system, investigates carpooling systems in other communities, and offers recommendations.
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Tax Audits of Environmental Groups: The Pressing Need for Law Reform

This report prepared for DeSmog Canada calls for sweeping modernization of Canadian charitable law. Current rules in Canada around “political activities” are ambiguous and confusing, and the penalties for breaking the ...
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Safety Buffers Between Gas Wells and Pipelines and Public Schools

Gas wells and pipelines, many containing harmful pollutants, already surround a number of schools in northeastern British Columbia. This report prepared for the Peace Environment and Safety Trustees Society asks the ...
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