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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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An Agenda for Law Reform: The Need to Publicly Disclose Diseases on BC Fish Farms

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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Cleaning Up Elk and Beaver Lakes: What Can be Learned from Other Lakes

Water quality in Elk and Beaver Lakes on Vancouver Island has been seriously declining since at least the early 1980s. This report prepared for the Victoria Golden Rods and Reels looks at restoration, management and ...
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Improving the Regulation of Fracking Wastewater Disposal in BC

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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Mandatory Labelling for Hazardous Substances in Consumer Products

This paper explores legal options for implementing mandatory hazard labelling for consumer products in Canada.
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The Government of BC and the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel: A Report Into Emerging Procedural and Evidentiary Issues

This report offers an overview of the Enbridge Northern Gatweway Project Joint Review Panel (JRP) process and considers British Columbia's decision to register as an Intervenor rather than a Government Participant.
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An Evolving Environment: Environmental Information and Public Participation

This report examines international tools that govern the public's access to information, participation and justice and explores how these tools contribute to addressing environmental concerns.
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Regional District Conservation Funds in British Columbia: Three Case Studies

This paper discusses funds established by regional districts to acquire and preserve land for conservation purposes and to fund conservation activities.
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At a Watershed: Ecological Governance and Sustainable Water Management in Canada

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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A Land and Resource Management Review for the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission

This report presents a strategy for protecting natural and conservation values in the international Skagit River Valley.
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Re-Inventing Rainwater Management: A Strategy to Protect Health and Restore Nature in the Capital Region

This report prepared for the Veins of Life Watershed Society documents the vast damage stormwater causes and then lays out a strategy for solving the problem.
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