In December 2017, the BC government opened an engagement process to solicit feedback from the general public, qualified professionals, and other stakeholders about how the current professional reliance model is working in BC.
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The federal government promised to fix Canada’s environmental assessment law by introducing new, fair processes that would win back public confidence.
In the summer of 2017, BC’s new provincial government promised to reform environmental assessment and planning in British Columbia.
There are many different legal authorities and regulations that have a role in the management of coastal floodplains in BC. West Coast Environmental Law has prepared this infographic to help explain the very complicated regulatory environment, and to guide community discussions about planning and implementing green infrastructure in these areas.
In June 2017, the federal government tabled Bill C-55, proposing changes to Canada’s Oceans Act. Unfortunately, Bill C-55 does not go far enough in providing effective protection for marine protected areas (MPAs) under the Act.
The federal government's review of Canada's environmental laws presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen five of our most important statutes: the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, National Energy Board A
West Coast Environmental Law Association was invited to appear as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to provide testimony on Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act.
West Coast Environmental Law Association was invited to appear as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities to provide testimony on Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.
In May 2017, Canada's federal government introduced Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.
Canada’s Oceans Act is 20 years old, yet its full implementation has yet to be realized. To meet the increasing challenges facing our oceans, leaders and practitioners came together in June 2017 at the Oceans20 workshop in Ottawa to chart a path to: