Category Archives : Sustainable Communities


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 >


Comments on Draft Aquaculture Activities Regulation and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement

Submissions of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, The SOS Marine Conservation Foundation, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, the David Suzuki Foundation and the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre on the draft Aquaculture Activities Regulation (AAR).


British Columbia’s New Water Sustainability Act – Waiting for the Details

Deborah Curran, Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability The British Columbia Legislature gave third and final reading, without any amendments, to Bill 18 – 2014, BC’s new Water Sustainability Act (“the Act”), on April 29 2014. This Bill is the long >