In its first year the provincial government made sweeping changes to budgets, laws and policies that will impact the BC environment for years to come. It has reduced the scope and influence of government in British Columbians’ daily lives, initiating
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The BC government introduced Bill 54 in the Legislature May 15th; this Bill amends 23 different statutes. Our focus here is on amendments to 3 laws that will have an impact on how the mining industry conducts itself in BC.
The BC Government has asked the public to comment on a paper entitled 'A Results-Based Forest and Range Practices Regime for British Columbia'. The Discussion Paper proposes extensive changes to the Forest Practices Code.
The BC Government has asked the public to comment on a paper entitled “A Results-Based Forest and Range Practices Regime for British Columbia” (the “Discussion Paper”).
We are writing to provide input regarding Bill 21. We are not aware that there was any public consultation on this new legislation prior to its introduction in the Legislature, despite the important issues of public policy it contains.
The Kyoto climate protection agreement can be implemented without significant impacts on the Canadian economy. The federal government must now ratify the Kyoto agreement and define options that are effective in achieving long-term emission reductions, and are equitable.
On April 8, 2002, the government introduced Bill 22, the Sustainable Resource Management Statutes Amendment Act. Bill 22 received Royal Assent April 11th. On April 16th the government introduced Bill 35, the Deregulation Statutes Amendment Act.
On Monday, April 15, 2002, the government introduced amendments to the Waste Management Act that will exempt mines from parts of the contaminated site process in BC.
Bill 36, the Energy and Mines Statutes Amendment Act, has ‘deregulated’ the oil and gas industry and weakened environmental protection measures that are currently in place for the oil and gas industry. For example:
The BC government introduced Bill 57 in the Legislature May 13th, 2003, and is expected to pass the bill in the fall sitting of the Legislature. Bill 57 replaces BC’s main pollution law, the Waste Management Act, with a new regime that is part of the BC government’s deregulation initiative.