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Legal Backgrounder: Impact Assessment Act Reference Case

West Coast Environmental Law has intervened on behalf of Nature Canada in the constitutional reference of the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA) at the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: May 2022
Pages: 4
Draft OPP Submission cover page

In early 2022, the BC government sought input on its Draft Offset Protocol Policy ("Draft OPP"), which outlines the government's proposed plans for oversight of new market-based p

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: April 2022
Pages: 7
Net Zero or Net Reckless

NETs are technologies that remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and permanently store it, resulting in the net removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Fiona Koza (MSc.), Climate Accountability Strategist, Andrew Gage (LLB), Staff Lawyer, Silvie Harder (Ph.D)
Publication Date: March 2022
Pages: 61

Investing in healthy watersheds tackles many priorities in the face of cumulative environmental and climate impacts: species recovery, job creation, reconciliation, community resilience, and more.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: March 2022
Pages: 4

The Discussion Paper is the result of an Indigenous-led engagement process led by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, with the support of the First Nations Energy and Mining Council and West Coast Environmental Law.

Author: Estella White – hińačačišt, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: January 2022
Pages: 30

This legal synthesis and its summary consolidate the year-long learning of what stories, both sxwōxwiyám/ sx̌ʷəx̌ʷəyém (‘stories of the distant past’ or ‘tell stories’) and sqwélqwel/ sqʷelqʷəl (‘true news’ or ‘oral stories’), and Elders' knowledge teach us about Indigenous laws related to watershed management and fisheries governance in the Lower Fraser.

Author: LFFA-RELAW Team
Publication Date: January 2022

In October 2021, the BC government announced its intention to launch a comprehensive review of the province's oil and gas royalty framework and ensure it is modernized, aligned with the government’s climate goals and provides a fair return for British Columbians. This is the first major review in

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: December 2021
Pages: 4
Open letter cover image

West Coast Environmental Law joined 200 environmental groups from across Canada in sending an open letter urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, support Indigenous-led conservation, restore ecosystems and advance environmental justice.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: November 2021
Pages: 15
Confront the Climate Emergency - Open Letter

In the wake of summer 2021's deadly heat wave and unprecedented fires, nearly 200 organizations representing well over one million British Columbians joined in a call to the BC government to fundamentally reboot its CleanBC plan and implement a genuine and transformative climate emergency

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: September 2021
Pages: 7
TMX Delays Report cover

With construction underway on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX), many Canadians are seeking greater transparency about the delays and rising costs associated with this publicly-funded pipeline and tanker project.

Author: Eugene Kung, Staff Lawyer, Jack Jones, Law Student
Publication Date: September 2021
Pages: 28

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