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Along with our colleagues from the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research, West Coast Environmental Law travelled to communities across the north (Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Fort St. John, and ...
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Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in BC is a resource developed by West Coast Environmental Law that looks at the tools available, and highlights useful experiences and good ...
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This paper prepared for Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society paper examines British Columbia’s unique Garry oak ecosystem and examines legal and policy options that may exist to foster and protect it.
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A Review of Canada’s proposed new legislation, West Coast Environmental Law evaluates the available details on the federal government’s proposal for oil tanker ban legislation.
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Payback Time? What the internationalization of climate litigation could mean for Canadian oil and gas companies. Andrew Gage, Staff Counsel at West Coast, and University of British Columbia professor Michael Byers, ...
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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, presented to the District of North Cowichan Council on behalf of the Chemainus Residents Association, examines the council’s legal duties when making planning decisions and documents the long history of ...
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On behalf of the Sencot’en Alliance –an alliance of four Coast Salish First Nations– this report is intended to be used as a tool in the participation of First Nations in the planning and management of the Gulf Islands ...
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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 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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