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Vol 14, 2019 Jun

Launching the BC Mining Law Reform Network and Platform
People across the province join together to present an action plan to reform BC’s mining laws
Federal government and climate change
Canadians concerned about climate policy in Canada might want to know how the federal government is using their tax dollars to support fossil fuel industries
Participant funding for groups involved in environmental assessments
Meaningful public participation leads to better environmental assessments and better government decisions
ELC Alumna Melinda Skeels
Melinda Skeels has come a long way from the windowless office she occupied as one of the ELC's first articled students.
UPDATE ON MARINE PLASTICS: In February, NDP MP Nathan Cullen tabled the Zero-Waste Packaging Act. The Act would require that all consumer product packaging is either recyclable or compostable.
In March, ELC Legal Director Calvin Sandborn presented our work on marine plastics pollution at the University of Oregon. In May, Calvin presented before  the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.
In May, Calvin presented before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. (His opening presentation is found at 15:15, and Ottawa MP Will Amos gives a shout-out to the ELC at 16:16:47.)
In June, the federal government announced they intend to ban single-use plastics and hold companies responsible for plastic waste. Thanks to Jack Knox for acknowledging the seed of this federal idea began at the ELC.
2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT is now available online. Check it out to see our what we got up to last year. Thanks to our supporters, we delivered over 4,000 hours of pro bono legal assistance to communities across BC. 
VICTORIA AND VANCOUVER ALUMNI! THANK YOU for coming out to see us at the bi-annual ELC Alumni Receptions in Vancouver and Victoria. We loved spending time with you, and we look forward to our next gatherings in 2021 (which will be the ELC’s 25th anniversary!)
THANK YOU to First Nations Women Advocating for Responsible Mining and Amnesty International for partnering with the ELC on the Stand for Water event that featured a screening of the documentary Uprivers and a post-film discussion with Nuskmata (FNWARM), Tara Scurr (AI) and Deborah Curran (ELC).
CONGRATULATIONS to Melinda Skeels (Clinic Spring 2006) on becoming a Partner in Ratcliff & Company earlier this year. Melinda was in the first round of ELC articling students, and she is featured in our Spotlight.
CONGRATULATIONS to ELC Fellow Josh Patterson for his appointment as Executive Director of the Law Foundation of British Columbia (pictured here with Executive Director Deborah Curran at the Law Foundation’s 50th Anniversary reception). The Law Foundation is one of the ELC’s longstanding major funders.
CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Elwood (Intensive Clinic 2012-13) on her engagement. All the best to you and Jason.
CONGRATULATIONS to Drew Mildon (Summer 2004 Clinic) and his wife Dr Athena Madan on the birth of Deven Francisco James Madan-Mildon on March 19, 2019.
CONGRATULATIONS to newlyweds Brodie Quinton (Intensive Clinic 2015-16) and Mercy Patterson.
CONGRATULATIONS to Clayton Greenwood (Clinic Fall 2012) and Darelle Odo who were married (in THAILAND!)
CONGRATULATIONS to Megan Seiling and her partner Ross for the birth of their baby boy Colm (born December 7, 2018).
FAREWELL AND THANK YOU to ELC Articled Student Andrea Lesperance She did a terrific job, and we look forward to following her career.
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