For thousands of years, the Indigenous peoples of the place now known as British Columbia have protected and managed the lands and waters of their territories.
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Every year, Canadians remove over 100,000 kilograms of trash that accumulates on shorelines. But clean-ups don’t address the root problem of plastics reduction – Canada needs binding legal solutions to prevent and mitigate plastic pollution.
In early 2018, BC Attorney General David Eby reiterated commitments to introduce legislation to protect British Columbians from SLAPP suits (strategic lawsuits against public participation).
As part of a broader suite of environmental law reforms, (including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, National Energy Board Act, and Navigation Protection Act) the Fisheries Act has been under review since 2016.
In the summer of 2017, BC’s new provincial government promised to reform environmental assessment and planning in British Columbia.
The federal government promised to fix Canada’s environmental assessment law by introducing new, fair processes that would win back public confidence.
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.