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West Coast Environmental Law agrees that amendments to the Income Tax Act (ITA) are essential to fully enable charities to engage in public policy dialogue and development, and to allow our society to realize the benefits of this charitable work.

Author: Jessica Clogg, Executive Director & Senior Counsel
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 5

As BC prepares its Budget 2019, West Coast Environmental Law is challenging it to begin tracking the costs that climate change is increasingly imposing on the province.

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 6

The Haíɫzaqv Tribal Council (HTC) is engaged in many governance building processes to uphold their jurisdiction over their territory, as their ancestors have done for the past 14,000 years.

Author: Heiltsuk Tribal Council, Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, West Coast Environmental Law,
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 10

BC communities face a rising tide of climate costs. Prior to the 2018 municipal election, West Coast Environmental Law has produced Climate Law In Our Hands: A Resource for Local Government Candidates.

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer, Anjali Appadurai, Climate Communications Specialist
Publication Date: September 2018
Pages: 16

In July 2018, the federal government published a discussion paper, “Developing a Strategic Assessment of Climate Change,” which proposes key processes and questions to guide an assessment of how to better consider climate in environmental assessments.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer, Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: September 2018
Pages: 7

In August 2018, the BC government asked for public feedback on their “Clean Growth” intentions papers, which set out next steps in addressing climate change through “Clean, Efficient Buildings,” “Clean Transportation” and “Clean Growth for Industry.”

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 8
Caretakers of the Land and its People

Over the past several years, lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law have received a number of inquiries from Indigenous trapline holders in BC seeking to protect their hereditary and registered traplines from the cumulative impacts of various industrial projects including logging, mining, hydroe

Author: Bud Napoleon and Hannah Askew, With contributions from Siumshun (Richard Billy), Erica Stahl, Nico McKay, Yasmeen Peer, and Christina Clemente
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 92

Ensuring meaningful public participation is critical to the success of the provincial government’s efforts to revitalize British Columbia’s environmental assessment (EA) regime.

Author: Gavin Smith, Staff Lawyer, Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 9

West Coast Environmental Law is one of more than 50 groups sending this letter to Premier John Horgan asking the BC government to enact a Liability for Climate-related Harms Act.

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 4
Stress-Free Seas

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are tools to reduce and relieve stress imposed on marine life by human activities, known by scientists as “stressors”.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 26

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