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Vol 17, 2020 Feb

BC Must Act to Protect Spawning Beaches
Who would have thought that a carelessly built seawall could imperil distant salmon, marbled murrelets, and orcas?
2020 Research-a-thon: Plastics
Friday, February 28 marks the third annual ELC Research-a-thon, an event where students gather together for a day of focused research on one topic. #ELCResearchathon
UPDATE ON HOME HEATING OIL SPILLS: It's no surprise that environmental damage from leaking home heating oil tanks is in the news again. Back in 2012, the ELC released a report that examined this lurking problem and offered solutions. While some laws have changed since the report was first released, it still offers useful information for homeowners and municipalities.
UPDATE ON DERELICT BOATS: The need to deal with derelict boats is another issue the ELC flagged over 10 years ago that was in the news recently. The owner of the boat in the article turned it over to the Dead Boat Society, and we happened to catch a clip of the boat as Salish Sea Industrial Services was towing it out of Gorge Harbour for disposal.
UPDATE ON MINING LAW REFORM: Last month, representatives from a variety of environmental, community, and Indigenous organizations from the BC Mining Law Reform Strategic Meeting met in Vancouver to plan next steps and identify key challenges and opportunities to continue the push to reform BC’s mining laws.
UPDATE ON PLASTICS POLLUTION: DFO is acting on the ghost fishing gear recommendations the ELC made in our Seven Reforms report. The Sustainable Fisheries Solutions & Retrieval Support Contribution Program provides funding for projects that take action to retrieve, dispose of and reduce fishing-related plastic waste.
UPDATE ON PUBLIC ACCESS: Thanks to the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC for the shout out to us in their newsletter and link to the Enhancing Public Access to Privately Owned Wild Lands report we prepared for them in 2016. The Council is intervening in the upcoming appeal on March 30-31, 2020 between Douglas Lake Cattle Company v. Nicola Valley Fish & Game Club in support of the public's common law right to access public lands and waters across private land. They are represented by ELC Associate and alumnus Morgan Blakley.

For an overview of work on this ongoing issue, see: 
THANK YOU to ELC Associates, Fellows and special guests who participated in our February videoconference for ELC Associates that focused on BC’s Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples Act. A summary of the discussion will be made available on our website in the near future.
CONGRATULATIONS to former ELC Board member Matthew Nied for launching his own firm: Neid Law, Litigation Counsel
CONGRATULATIONS to ELC alumna Laura Weston who was made a partner at Duncan & Faber in January
CONGRATULATIONS to ELC alumnus Michael Bissonette who is West Coast Environmental Law Associations’ new Marine Program staff lawyer.
WELCOME Baby Gus! Heartfelt congratulations to ELC alumni Peter Nyhuus and Andie Britton-Foster who welcomed Baby Gus on Oct 23.
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