2017Feb24 – Letter to Information and Privacy Commissioner

On behalf of BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA), letter requesting the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner conduct a systemic study on why particular provincial ministries are not proactively releasing key environmental orders, permits, contravention decisions and policy manuals.

Lower Coquitlam River Watershed Plan: Tools for Healthy Watersheds and Healthy Humans

This report provides information on legal tools that can assist the Cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam in achieving the objectives outlined in the Lower Coquitlam River Watershed Plan and to provide an outline of legal tools citizens can use to participate in municipal action. Developed by the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable, the Lower Coquitlam River >

Tools for Local Governments and Communities to Protect Essential Ecosystems

Prepared for Saanich Action for the Environment (SAFE), the report Environmental Development Permit Areas: In Practice and in Caselaw, shows how local government can use its discretion to craft Environmental Development Permit Areas (EDPAs) tailored to its particular regions. Under the supervision of ELC lawyer Deborah Curran, law students Andie Britton-Foster and Gabrielle Grant examined >

Request to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (Feb 3.16)

Feb 3, 2016 request on behalf of the Save the Hullcar Aquifer Team that the Information and Privacy Commissioner: Investigate and report on Government’s breach of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in delaying and restricting public access to: Ministry of Environment authorizations permitting manure effluent discharge near Hullcar Valley drinking water >

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. For more information, see