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 Living Oceans Society examines the potential financial liability Canadian taxpayers could face if there were a catastrophic oil tanker spill in the coastal waters of British Columbia’s north ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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This paper explores legal options for implementing mandatory hazard labelling for consumer products in Canada.
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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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