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It's Time to Rewrite BC's Environmental Laws

News Release, Environmental Law Centre, Dec 20, 2012

Today the ELC announced the release of Maintaining SuperNatural BC for Our Children: Selected Law Reform Proposals. This book is a series of 35 short, readable articles – punctuated by photos and cartoons - that describe key environmental law reforms the next provincial government should consider.

Critics launch court action, release e-mail scathing B.C.’s environmental assessment process

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 23, 2012

B.C’s environmental assessment process is so flawed it cannot hope to fill the void created by the federal government walking away from assessments of almost 500 projects, critics charged Wednesday, while launching court action and releasing a scathing internal government email.

Federal government’s takedown of CEAA is bad news for Canadians

By Devon Page, Executive Director, Ecojustice, 18 April 2012

On the heels of the 2012 budget speech, the federal government unveiled details yesterday of its plan to roll back environmental protections in Canada, which includes sweeping changes to the regulatory process used to scrutinize major industrial projects. Here are three ways the changes are a problem for Canadians and the clean water, air and land we all depend on:

B.C. environment minister likes federal plan to let provinces run reviews

OTTAWA --- B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake enthusiastically embraced the federal government's plan announce Tuesday to let provinces run environmental reviews of natural resource projects, but said Victoria may ask for federal money to handle that new responsibility.

Joe Oliver on CBC As It Happens

CBC As It Happens, 18 Apr 2012

As It Happens talks with Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources about changes to environmental assessments in Canada.

Stuart Elgee, Professor specializing in environmental and natural resources law and policy at the University of Ottawa, responds.

Single review process needed to break logjam

Editorial, Vancouver Sun, February 16, 2012

Every major development project in British Columbia is subject to an environmental assessment before permits are issued allowing it to proceed. And this is as it should be.

Critics worry eco-standards eroded

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, February 11, 2010

The throne speech maps out a path to lower environmental standards and a gold-rush mentality, say environmental groups.

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