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Submissions on federal Environmental Assessment Review

West Coast Environmental Law's Submission on Draft Terms of Reference for Review of Environmental Assessment Processes (July 2016)

Submissions on Bill C-38

West Coast Environmental Law's Submission to House of Commons Finance Subcommittee on Part 3 of Budget Bill C-38 (May 2012)

West Coast Environmental Law's Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources regarding Budget Bill C-38 (June 2012)

Submissions on Bill C-45

West Coast Environmental Law Submission to House of Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on Division 21 of Budget Bill C-45 (PDF; November 2012)

West Coast Environmental Law Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources regarding Omnibus Bill C-45 (PDF; November 2012)

Open letter to MPs regarding Bill C-45 (PDF; November 2012)

Canadian Environmental Law Association's Legal Analysis and Letter to the PM regarding the Standing Committee Report (March 2012)

Submissions on CEAA 2012

West Coast Environmental Law Submission on CEAA Regulations August 2012 (PDF; August 2012)

ENGO submissions on CEAA 2012 Project List Regulations (PDF; August 2012)

Submissions on the Fisheries Act

First Nations Leadership Council: Open Letter on Changes to Fisheries Act

West Coast Environmental Law: Submission to DFO Re: Proposed Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations under Subsection 36(5.2) of the Fisheries Act, published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, February 15, 2014 (the Regulations) (PDF; March 2014)

West Coast Environmental Law: Submission to DFO Re: Proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol. 148, No. 34 (the Regulations) (PDF; September 2014)

West Coast Environmental Law Association, Telephone Town Hall on what the rolling back of Canada's environmental laws means for oil tankers and the health and security of BC's coast (Audio File, June 2015)

West Coast Environmental Law Association Presentation - Gutting Canada's Environmental Laws: Changes to federal environmental legal protection in 2012 bills C-38 and C-45 (PDF; January 2015)

West Coast Environmental Law Association, EnviroLawsMatter Brief (PDF; 2015)

A Checklist for Strong Environmental Laws (PDF; February 2012)

West Coast Environmental Law, Myths and Realities on the 2012 Federal Budget (March 29, 2012)

Background Q&A- How Bill C-45 weakens our environmental laws and democracy (PDF; November 2012)

Top 10 Environmental Concerns of the 2012 Budget Bill (PDF; May 2012)  / French version Ce que signifie le projet de loi C38 pour l’environnement (PDF; May 2012)

Strong Environmental Laws Report Card on Bill C-38 and Supporting Legal Analysis (PDF; June 2012)

Ecojustice blog and backgrounders: Why environmental law is good for the economy and the planet (March 2012)

Ecojustice Environmental Hansard - a collection of all House of Commons discussions and debates about Canada’s environment.

Energy Framework Initiative, Letter to Minister of Environment Peter Kent and Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver (December 2011)

Please visit the following sites for resources and background information:

A. John Sinclair, Gary Schneider & Lisa Mitchell, "Environmental impact assessment process substitution: experiences of public participants," Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 30:2, 85-93 (2012).

A. John Sinclair & Lisa Quinn, "From Idea to Practice: Sustainable Development Efforts in Manitoba," Dalhousie Law Journal, 35-1 (2012)

Assessing the Smaller Projects: An Essential Step Toward Sustainability (March 2012)

Robert B. Gibson, "In full retreat: the Canadian government's new environmental assessment law undoes decades of progress," Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 30:3, 179-188 (2012).

West Coast Environmental Law Comments on Public Hearing and Confidentiality Procedures, New Prosperity Panel (PDF; September 2012)

Robert B. Gibson, What Would Remain? CEAA 2012 Analysis (working draft) (PDF; May 2012)

Environmental Assessment, Overlap, Duplication, Harmonization, Equivalency, and Substitution: Interpretation, Misinterpretation, and a Path Forward, by Arlene Kwasniak, Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, October, 2009

We encourage you to choose the candidate in your riding with the strongest environmental platform who has the greatest likelihood of actually getting elected. Below are links to various groups providing polling, seat projections and other election information. Please note that we are completely non-partisan and provide the links solely to help you make an informed vote. The links are not intended to suggest an endorsement of or support for any positions taken on the sites.

  • Three Hundred Eight – Includes riding-specific projections for all federal ridings
  • Election Atlas – Includes riding-specific seat projections for all of Canada
  • The Poll Tracker, by CBC and Three Hundred Eight.com analysts – Provides combined, weighted averaged data from all major public opinion polls
  • Election Almanac – Provides polls, seat projections and information on candidates, riding history and more
  • Dogwood Initiative – Provides riding-specific polling and candidate information for BC

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