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Vol 12, 2018 Dec

It's amazing what a small but focused staff team can accomplish with the energy and skills of student, lawyer and community partners. In this newsletter, we step back to reflect on highlights from the past year. Virtually each month we released law reform recommendations, delivered a submission, hosted an event, or received word about how projects from previous terms had or continue to have an impact. While we can only share details about some of our client-based work, this list gives a great overview of what we do at the ELC.

As an organization that must raise all of its funding, we invite you to celebrate these accomplishments with us, because we sure couldn’t do it without you!

Together, we are making a difference. Thank you so much for your support.


We had such a great time with you in 2017 that we’re coming back to town! Details coming soon via email  – contact us to make sure we have you on our list. Victoria alumni, we’re working on an event for you this spring.

Thanks to you, 2018 was a productive year. In a nutshell, here's what you helped us do: 
  • Provided recommendations in response to the provincial government’s Agricultural Waste Control Regulation Review Intentions Paper.
  • Conducted an online evaluation survey for students who completed the Clinic between 2008 and 2015. Twenty-five percent of the students we were able to reach participated in the survey.
  • Welcomed 12 new students to the ELC Spring Clinic and a new articled student.
  • Hosted an ELC Associates Program teleconference on the topic of private prosecutions.
  • Learned that submissions to a local government that we prepared on behalf of a community group encouraging a local government to protect drinking water led to resolutions and the hiring of a hydrogeologist consultant.
  • Welcomed our new articled student.
  • Evaluated the responses to our Clinic evaluation survey, drafted a comprehensive report to the board, as well as a public Executive Summary.
  • Discovered that the government is looking into our request to examine Canada’s failure to protect endangered Pacific salmon and anadromous trout species under the Species at Risk Act.
  • Welcomed 12 new students into the ELC Fall Clinic.
  • Hosted an At the Table event (sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation) to answer questions about the ELC and listen to students views on the most pressing environmental concerns.
  • Co-hosted a workshop in Kamloops as part of our Mining Law Reform Partnership project that involved participants from over 40 NGO, eNGO and Indigenous groups throughout the province to workshop our mining law reform platform. We expect to release the edited platform in late 2018 or early 2019.
  • Hosted an ELC Associates teleconference on Indigenous Laws.
  • Completed a report on wetlands protection for a First Nation that wants to protect wetlands in their territory.
  • Performed cross-campus consultations on our Clinic course.
  • Celebrated how our contributions led to Parliament unanimously passing motion M-151 to deal with marine plastics.
  • Celebrated the court decision on public access to a public lake (Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club) on which ELC have provided assistance since 2011.

No wonder we are tired, right?! And our work continues: as we wrap up the year, we are finishing projects from the Fall Clinic and developing the case roster for our 12 new Spring ELC Clinic students.

Thank you to our Board members and UVic Law who provide guidance and support. Many thanks also to our individual supporters (your holiday greetings are in the mail) and the foundations that funded our work this past year:

  • The Law Foundation of British Columbia
  • North Growth Foundation
  • Sitka Foundation
  • Oasis Foundation
  • Tides Canada
  • Boreal Songbird Initiative.

With your help, 2019 will be even better.

Please donate today!
CONGRATULATIONS to ELC alumna and former articling student Savannah Carr-Wilson and her husband Sandeep Pai on the release of their book: Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution.

CONGRATULATIONS to ELC alumna Naomi Kovaks and her husband on the birth of Olive in November!

CONGRATULATIONS to our friends and colleagues at POLIS who received the 2018 Land Award in the Fresh Water and Food Systems category, and to graduate student and former ELC client Lana Lowe for receiving the 2018 Land Champion Award. The Real Estate Foundation of BC awarded these honours in October.

SHOUT OUT: Thanks to ELC Cohort 6 Associates and guests for their participation in our October teleconference on Indigenous Laws

Want to share your news with ELC alumni and friends? Send us the details, and we’ll include them in our next newsletter.

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