Category Archives : Sustainable Communities


The Urgent Need to Modernize BC’s Mining Regulation

They may have functioned in the 1800’s, but it’s time for BC’s 19th century Gold Rush laws to change. Damage from mining can permanently poison entire watersheds, exterminate fish, poison shellfish, deform birds and fish, destroy riparian areas (needed for fish >


Healthy watersheds, healthy humans

Prepared for Watershed Watch Salmon Society, the Lower Coquitlam River Watershed Plan: Tools for Healthy Watersheds and Healthy Humans report provides legal tools citizens can use to participate in healthy watershed planning processes. Developed by the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable, the Plan sets >


EA Reform: Starting off on the Right Foot

The federal government is currently reviewing several environmental laws, regulations and processes. On Dec 15, the ELC filed a report in the environmental assessment process on behalf of Nature Canada calling on government to include regional strategic environmental assessment (RSEA) >


Finding the Money to Buy and Protect Natural Lands

Report prepared for the Ancient Forest Alliance examining the urgent need for a provincial Natural Lands Acquisition Fund in BC. The report includes 17 recommendations and a number of options the Province could implement to raise funds on an annual basis. >


Protecting the Islands off of Oak Bay (Tl’ches and the other Songhees Islands)

Report researching legal options for providing better environmental protection of the islands and water off of Oak Bay while respecting First Nations land uses, cultural sites, rights and title. The area in question includes the triangle formed by Chatham/Discovery (Tl’ches) >


Compost Regulation in British Columbia: Regulatory Overview, Best Practices and Recommendations for Law Reform

When done properly, composting offers many benefits to communities and the environment. This ELC report, prepared for Ray Baker and Lee Hardy, sets out some of the common concerns associated with large-scale composting operations, examines existing regulations and makes recommendations for >