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

Cleaning Up Elk and Beaver Lakes: What Can be Learned from Other Lakes

Water quality in Elk and Beaver Lakes has been seriously declining since at least the early 1980s. These lakes are enormously important to Victorians, with close to two million visitors to the regional park in a given year. The lakes have traditionally been very popular with recreational users for fishing, swimming, and rowing. This report >

Protecting Human Health: Requiring Setbacks Around Feedlots

Concentrated animal feedlot operations (“CAFOs”), also known as intensive livestock operations, present numerous environmental and human health risks to their surrounding communities. One particular concern is the potential for contamination of ready-to-eat crops being grown at neighbouring farms. This contamination may occur when manure or manure dust is transported to the field growing ready to eat >