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Vol 15, 2019 Oct

The Case for Provincial Plastic Reform
Continuing our work on finding solutions to plastics pollution problems, the ELC recently helped clients Kids for a Plastic Free Canada call on BC to enact North America’s most comprehensive controls on single-use plastics and related disposable waste. Read more...
Check-up Report: Stormwater Management in the Capital Region
To address the ongoing stormwater quality concerns in the region, the ELC released a report this summer documenting the urgent need for law and policy reform. Read more...
100% Renewable Energy Tools for Local Governments 
An ELC report prepared for the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association provides local governments with seven tools they can use to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050. Read more...
Private Forest Rules Betray Nature
Current rules for managing private forest land in BC fail to protect the province’s streams, fish, wildlife and other natural values. Read more...
Forests for Future Generations
On behalf of Sierra Club BC, the ELC developed a comprehensive report outlining how forestry solutions applied in the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements could be used throughout the province so that BC can continue to rely on its forests for future generations. Read more...
Janet Person
In September, we were deeply saddened by the passing of Janet Person. Many people connected to UVic Law shared our sorrow. Read more...
THANKS FOR THE SHOUT OUT Thanks to BC Wildlife Federation for acknowledging the follow-up work we did for them on protecting the endangered Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead in a recent press release that criticizes DFO’s flawed decision making on whether to protect endangered steelhead.

For more information on this topic, see the op-ed we wrote last spring.
UPDATE: The day after releasing a report prepared on behalf of Raincoast Conservation about the need to reform policies that guide BC’s Conservation Officer Service’s response to human-wildlife conflict, the government announced they would be introducing changes that would deal with some of the issues raised in the report.
UPDATE: In late July, the Auditor General came out with a comprehensive report that was critical of provincial government’s failure to adequately protect drinking water and proposed eight recommendations. One of the key case studies cited by the Auditor General was the Hullcar Valley situation, where dairy farms had seriously polluted the local drinking water supply. This case was brought to government and public attention by the ELC representing local residents who could no longer drink their tap water. The ELC’s submissions led to the Ministry issuing drinking water protection orders and a decision from the Information Commissioner that data about the pollution be shared with residents and purveyors of the drinking water supply. 
UPDATE In partnership with our friends at the Polis Project on Ecological Governance, we recently released a report on the potential of water sustainability planning to implement both ecological health and government-to-government agreements in watersheds across BC.
THANK YOU to our friends at West Coast Environmental Law and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society who invited ELC staff and students to attend their event promoting their joint campaign for a Coastal Protection Strategy and Law in BC. ELC students supported this event, which was attended by MLAs, by raising awareness of areas in need of attention. In doing so, eight law students and two ELC staff each focused on one of 11 former ELC reports.
SHOUT OUT to ELC Alumna Erin Armstrong (ELC Clinic Spring 2008), who was was part of the core team that strategized and executed a campaign of actions that ultimately led to the City of Edmonton’s Climate Emergency Declaration.
SHOUT OUT TO Grace Nosek on the release of her documentary film Climate Comeback Grace, who used her Fulbright Scholarship to volunteer with the ELC for a year in 2014, is now a PhD student at UBC. She was awarded a Trudeau Foundation scholarship in 2018 to support her research on how to protect climate science from manufactured doubt. She is an author of climate fantasy fiction and hosts the podcast Planet Potluck, which features hopeful stories for climate action 
THANK YOU to Ben Parfitt of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives for acknowledging ELC’s contributions towards his report Captured British Columbia’s Oil and Gas Commission and the Case for Reform
CONGRATULATIONS to ELC alumna Carolyn Price (ELC Clinic Spring 2008) and her partner on the arrival of their son, Atticus Joseph Price Murray.
CONGRATULATIONS to ELC alumnus Chad Norman Day (ELC Clinic Summer 2012) and Sharmaine Enilda Diesta who were recently married in Sorsogon City, Bicol, Philippines. Chad has been the elected President of Tahltan Central Government since shortly after finishing law school in July 2014.
CONGRATULATIONS to ELC alumnus Joshua Prowse (ELC Clinic Fall 2010) and Amita Vulmiri who were recently married in Toronto.
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