Legal Reform Resources
Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria
West Coast Environmental Law
The Right to a Healthy Environment: Canada’s Time to Act
An Ecojustice report outlining why it's time for Canada's Charter to include environmental rights. More than 110 countries now recognize their citizens’ right to a healthy environment. Now it’s Canada’s turn.
Maintaining Natural BC for Our Children: Selected Law Reform Proposals
BC environmental laws are in urgent need of reform. The Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria has put forward this selection of essays as an educational service to inform citizens about solutions proposed by environmental law experts.
Top 40 Recommendations for Mining Reform in BC
BC’s mining sector needs more than slaps on the back and market hype: NGOs release list of Top 40 Mining Reforms.
Modernizing BC’s Free Entry Mining Laws for a Vibrant, Sustainable Mining Sector
A collaborative report from the West Coast Environmental Law Association and the Fair Mining Collaborative that discusses the need to modernize B.C.'s outdated Mineral Tenure Act.
Mining’s Privileged Access to Land: A Free Entry Backgrounder
The free entry system is the dominant means of granting mineral tenures in Canada today. This West Coast Environmental Law backgrounder outlines how it works, along with assumptions and implications of free entry.
Keeping Our BC ‘Natural’
A Tyee special series, in cooperation with the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria, that reveals what B.C.’s leading experts in environmental law say needs to be fixed, and their specific suggestions for change.
Mining Watch Checklist for Strong Environmental Assessment Law
A Mining Watch Canada paper outlining what environmental assessment legislation must include to ensure wise decisions are made about proposed development through an effective, efficient, inclusive and robust decision making process.
Too Much At Stake: the need for mineral tenure reform in British Columbia
BC’s free-entry system prioritizes mining activities throughout the vast majority of the province to the detriment of other interests, including preserving the natural environment. This Ecojustice report details the need for mineral tenure reform.
Pakootas v. Teck Cominco: New International Environmental Law for the 21st Century(?)
A discussion of the United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of Washington decision in Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals Limited, which extends the reach of American environmental law across the border, allowing American authorities to impose remedial orders, liability, and sanctions on companies operating exclusively within Canada.
International Water Law, Acceptable Pollution Risk, and the Tatshenshini River
A Richard Paisley legal article that discusses the issue of acceptable environmental risk within the context of one specific international river basin controversy: the proposed development of a copper mine, at Windy Craggy Mountain, in the Tatshenshini River basin of British Columbia, which would create environmental risks to salmon and other aquatic resources downstream in Alaska.