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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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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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The government of British Columbia fails to adequately report to the public about outbreaks of disease at fish farms that may threaten wild salmon stocks. This report prepared for the Wuikinuvx First Nation argues that ...
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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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Aging home heating oil tanks and systems are a growing environmental hazard. This report prepared for the Gorge-Tillicum Community Association examines the issues involved and makes recommendations for provincial and ...
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This report prepared for the BC Wildlife Federation recommends legal changes to ensure best management practices are implemented to prevent the spread of fatal diseases from domestic livestock to wild bighorn sheep, ...
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This report prepared for Coalwatch Comox Valley analyzes the jurisdiction of local governments, and sets out a menu of options for communities to consider in deciding how best to protect themselves from mining impacts.
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This report prepared for the Fort Nelson First Nation highlights the risks raised by current fracking wastewater disposal practices in British Columbia. Reviewing “best practice” standards from other countries and ...
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Of the 26 administrative tribunals in British Columbia, about one third have mandates that touch on environmental protection issues in one way or another. While most tribunals are mindful of the public interest in ...
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This paper explores legal options for implementing mandatory hazard labelling for consumer products in Canada.
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This report promotes the creation of a holistic water management system structured to inherently promote water sustainability, advancing both demand management and water conservation.
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