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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This book is a series of 35 short articles that describe key environmental law reforms the provincial government should consider. This book is put forward as an educational service to inform the public, government and ...
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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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For environmental groups acting with First Nations, the government’s duty to consult First Nations will play an important part in any litigation strategy. This report examines how current duty to consult law fulfills ...
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