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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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Norway vs British Columbia: A Comparison of Aquaculture Regulatory Regimes

This report is a comparison of the aquaculture regulatory regimes of British Columbia and Norway. It concentrates on five different areas: escapes, disease, sea lice, waste, and siting.
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Not an Act of God: The Embankment Failure at Mount Polley Mine

This report examines the facts and issues that may have contributed to the failure of the Mount Polley tailing storage facility. It identifies issues, questions, and recommendations which could reduce the potential for ...
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Finding the Money to Buy and Protect Natural Lands

This report prepared for the Ancient Forest Alliance examines the urgent need for a provincial Natural Lands Acquisition Fund in British Columbia. The report includes recommendations and a number of options the Province ...
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David Versus Goliath: Pipelines, Landowners, and the Pressing Need for Law Reform

This paper addresses the urgent need for reform of the regulatory processes overseen by the National Energy Board with respect to pipeline construction on private land. Reform is needed to provide simple fairness and ...
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Regulating Exposure to Radon Gas in BC Homes: A Four Pillar Approach

This report prepared for the Canadian Cancer Society looks into laws around the world that regulate radon gas and what a system of regulation in British Columbia might entail.
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Why is BC's Fish Resource Slipping Through Cracks in the Regulatory System?

Fish stocks in British Columbia’s oceans are at record lows and management strategies are essential to long term sustainability. This report argues that a more comprehensive monitoring strategy is needed, which is ...
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Preserving Closed School Lands as Public Green Spaces

This report examines how public school lands can be preserved for their green space values. It argues that the public green space created by school lands should be recognized in law and policy as an important public ...
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In the Public Interest: Unlock the Vault: Law Reform to Ensure Proactive Disclosure of "Public Interest" Records

This law reform proposal seeks to ensure proactive disclosure of “public interest” records. This proposal was submitted to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act on ...
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Recommendations to Reform the Laws Protecting Orca from Boat Traffic

This report prepared for Lifeforce Foundation argues that government is not doing enough to protect British Columbia's orca population from risk factors that threaten their continued survival. This report makes ...
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Securities Disclosure Requirements for Canadian Mining Interests


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