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In September 2019, Alberta launched a constitutional reference (legal challenge) of Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: June 2020
Pages: 47

Canada has missed every greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction target that has been set prior to its 2030 target. In order to meet our obligations to address climate change, a legal framework is needed to ensure accountability.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2020
Pages: 44
TMX Legal Timeline

Since the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project (TMX) was first proposed in 2013, there has been a series of legal challenges over government decisions to approve the project.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: April 2020
Pages: 1
BC Emergency Management Joint Submission

In January 2020, the BC government sought public input on the province's emergency management legislation. 

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 5
Caring for our Coast brief

British Columbia’s iconic coast extends for tens of thousands of kilometres and is relied upon by millions of people. It is one of the largest coastal jurisdictions in the world.

Author: Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Deborah Carlson, Michael Bissonnette
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 8

In January 2020, the BC government invited the public to share their views about a climate adaptation strategy for British Columbia.

Author: Andrew Gage, Deborah Carlson
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 6
WCEL + CFN Analysis: Co-Governance in MPAs

In the wake of BC’s historic decision to enshrine the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law, Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative and West Coast Environmental Law teamed up to explore future possib

Author: Coastal First Nations, West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: November 2019
Pages: 92

BC exercises considerable jurisdiction in the marine and coastal realm, and works closely with other levels of government who share this jurisdiction – including Indigenous, federal and local governments.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Stephanie Hewson
Publication Date: November 2019
Pages: 4
From the Ground Up: Celebrating 30 Years of the EDRF

Since 1989, the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) has supported community efforts to defend the health of the environment and build a more sustainable British Columbia.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: November 2019
Pages: 15
Photo credit: Tyler Batty

A Backgrounder on BC’s Proposed Changes to the Reviewable Projects Regulation

Author: Gavin Smith, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: September 2019
Pages: 24

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