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).
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On February 8, 2018, the federal government tabled Bill C-69, which included a proposal to replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 with the new Impact Assessment Act (IAA).
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.
On February 8, 2018, the federal government tabled Bill C-69, which introduces a proposed new Impact Assessment Act (IAA) to replace the current Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).
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.
The federal government promised to fix Canada’s environmental assessment law by introducing new, fair processes that would win back public confidence.
In the summer of 2017, BC’s new provincial government promised to reform environmental assessment and planning in British Columbia.
In December 2017, the BC government opened an engagement process to solicit feedback from the general public, qualified professionals, and other stakeholders about how the current professional reliance model is working in BC.
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.
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.