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Climate Cost Menu Title Page

BC communities have made admirable progress in adapting to climate change. However, many communities in the province are still in the early stages of climate change adaptation.

Author: Charles Pan, Pulkit Kathuria, Xuerou Wang
Publication Date: May 2021
Pages: 34

Brief to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on how to strengthen Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, Ecojustice, Climate Action Network Canada, Équiterre
Publication Date: May 2021
Pages: 9
WCEL Submission on Bill C-230

In 2020, Nova Scotia MP Lenore Zann introduced Bill C-230 – a Private Member's Bill that seeks to develop a national strategy to examine the link between race, socio-economic status and environmental risk, as well as the disproportionate impacts of hazardous sites on the health of Indigenous and

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association
Publication Date: April 2021
Pages: 4
Indigenous Laws in the Context of Conservation cover

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) are defined by the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) as “lands and waters where Indigenous governments have the primary role in protecting and conserving ecosystems

Author: Georgia Lloyd-Smith, WCEL, Larry Innes, Olthuis Kleer Townshend, Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership - University of Guelph
Publication Date: March 2021
Pages: 36
Shipping in MPAs report covers

Canada's existing marine protections do not adequately consider or mitigate the impacts of shipping, leaving marine life to contend with a number of stressors, including underwater noise, ship strikes, and vessel discharges, even in areas designated as protected. 

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, WWF Canada, East Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: February 2021
Regulating the West Coast Cruise Industry Cover

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a once-in-a-century global tragedy, one of its unforeseen impacts was a welcome reprieve for marine and coastal ecosystems from the massive amount of cruise ship pollution that is discharged off the Pacific Coast of Canada each year.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Stand.earth
Publication Date: February 2021
Pages: 35

This document provides feedback from SeaBlue Canada, a coalition of environmental non-governmental organizations with extensive experience in the establishment and management of marine protected areas (MPAs) and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs).

Author: SeaBlue Canada - Joint submission
Publication Date: December 2020
Pages: 9

This document provides advice from SeaBlue Canada, a coalition of environmental non-government organizations with extensive experience in marine protected area (MPA) establishment and management.

Author: SeaBlue Canada - Joint submission
Publication Date: December 2020
Pages: 25
Ocean Law Guide - Cover Image (aerial of ocean wildlife/herring spawn)

Are you concerned about the health of your local shoreline, and wondering what your government(s) can do to help? Curious about the complex web of laws, policies and regulations governing the BC coast and ocean?

Author: Stephanie Hewson, Linda Nowlan, Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Deborah Carlson & Michael Bissonnette
Publication Date: December 2020
Pages: 324
Strengthening Bill C-12 - Cover Page

How does Bill C-12, the proposed Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, stack up to leading thinking on how to ensure Canada does its fair share in the global effort to avoid a catastrophic climate crisis?

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 4

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