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Canadians have high expectations for assessment law reform, environmental experts say

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Canadians show support for a new law and stronger environmental safeguards

OTTAWA – The report that the Expert Panel reviewing Canada’s environmental assessment law will release next week is critical to restoring public trust in how natural resources are developed, say environmental law experts.

The report is the result of the Expert Panel’s nationwide engagement, which gathered input from scientific and legal experts, Indigenous peoples, industry representatives and members of the public.

Review of federal environmental assessment processes: What happens next?

9 February, 2017

Last December, the Expert Panel appointed by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to review federal environmental assessment (EA) processes completed its cross-Canada tour. With the panel wrapping up its consultations, many people are asking, what now?

Staff Counsel Anna Johnston lays out some of the next steps we can expect in the EA review.


Photo: Staff Counsel Anna Johnston (far right) with the Multi-Interest Advisory Committee appointed to assist with the EA review. (Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Last December, the Expert Panel appointed by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to review federal environmental assessment processes wrapped up its cross-Canada tour.

2017: A Look Ahead to Protect Nature, Climate and Communities

5 January, 2017

Check out our short video to meet some of our talented lawyers and see what we're most excited about for 2017!

From providing legal aid for communities to defend their environment, to revitalizing Indigenous laws, and holding fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in climate change – this year the West Coast team will continue working toward a better future for people and the environment in Canada.

Check out our short video to meet some of our talented lawyers and program staff, and see what we're most excited about in our work for 2017.

Public review on federal environmental assessment wraps up in BC

Monday, December 12, 2016

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EA review shows Canadians want more robust, fairer decision-making processes

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – An Expert Panel appointed by Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna to review Canada’s environmental assessment (EA) processes is in Vancouver this week, seeking input from the public and Indigenous peoples about how best to reform federal processes for making decisions that affect the environment.

Your guide to Canada’s environmental law reviews

10 November, 2016

In June 2016, the government announced a sweeping review of federal environmental laws – including Canada's environmental assessment (EA) law and processes, the Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, and National Energy Board. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape Canada’s environmental laws and to contribute to decisions that affect land, air, water and the climate.

We’ve put together a set of online resources to help you understand these important federal reviews, including key information about timelines, law reform priorities and ways you can get involved.

In June 2016, the government announced a sweeping review of federal environmental laws – including Canada's environmental assessment (EA) law and processes, the Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, and National Energy Board. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape Canada’s environmental laws and to contribute to decisions that affect land, air, water and the climate.

West Coast reacts to federal marine safety announcement

Monday, November 7, 2016

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VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association issued the following statement in response to the federal government’s announcement today regarding new marine safety initiatives:

Ministerial Panel report raises serious questions about Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – A report released today by the Ministerial Panel that conducted recent public meetings on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker proposal must lead to a rejection by Federal Cabinet, say environmental lawyers.

Faith restored? Kinder Morgan Ministerial Panel consultation wraps up

20 October, 2016

The report from the Ministerial Panel on Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline project is expected on November 1, 2016. This report will be considered by Federal Cabinet in its upcoming decision on the project, along with the upstream greenhouse gas analysis, the flawed National Energy Board report, and any further information arising from First Nations consultation.

The process moved quickly and its summer meetings were not without controversy, including allegations of conflict of interest and imposition of a tight timeline without input from or adequate notice to First Nations. The Panel also seemed ill-prepared to deal with the breadth and depth of participants.

What remains to be seen is how the Ministerial Panel will deal with the tens of thousands of messages and questionnaire responses in its final report- much of which it tried to reject arbitrarily. Beyond that, how Prime Minister Trudeau will incorporate all of this information into his decision in December. Will he maintain his position that “only communities grant permission?” Or will he approve the project in the face of strong opposition?

A large crowd gathered inside and outside the Kinder Morgan Summer meetings in Vancouver. Photos: Eugene Kung

A Review of the Review of Reviews: A Participants’ Guide to the Federal EA Review

19 October, 2016

In mid-September, an expert panel appointed by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change (the Panel) launched a public review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes (the EA Review). While the Panel and its secretariat have attempted to broadcast how the public and Indigenous groups can participate in the EA Review, many people remain either unaware of it or uncertain whether or how to be involved.

If you’re one of them, you’ve come to the right place. 


This fall, Canadians are invited to take part in a public review of federal environmental assessment processes.
Photo: Jamie McCaffrey

Expert summit delivers key recommendations for Canada’s environmental assessment overhaul

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Environmental lawyers present “12 pillars” of a next-generation environmental assessment regime

OTTAWA – Today West Coast Environmental Law is unveiling the outcomes of a recent summit on environmental assessment in Canada, providing the federal government with clear recommendations on how leading thinking in the field can be applied to establish a next-generation environmental assessment (EA) framework for Canada.

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