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Vol 19, 2020 Jun/July

ELC'S NEXT GENERATION IN ACTION
Over 550 law students have taken the ELC Clinic. Given that we know one-third of the UVic Law students enrol in the ELC Clinic and we’ve been at it for almost 25 years, that number in itself is not surprising. What is surprising – and rewarding – is realizing how many of our grads continue to interact with us and how many of them go on to practice some form of public interest environmental law work.
WE'RE HIRING

Looking for a unique articling experience that includes public interest environmental law?

The ELC is accepting applications to our shared articling program for 2021-22. Deadline to apply is Friday, July 17, 2020. For details on how to apply: http://www.elc.uvic.ca/programs/articling/

2019-20: A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
The ELC’s latest Annual Report reflects on how much can change in a year and how, as a flexible organization, we’re managing to adapt.
UPDATES AND SHOUT OUTS:
UPDATE ON MINING LAW REFORM: Just over a year ago, the ELC joined with organizations throughout the province to launch the BC Mining Law Reform platform, which is intended to guide mining law reform in BC for the next decade. At the end of June, the government announced changes to the Mines Act. While it will take time to review the changes in detail, members of the BC Mining Law Reform Network have noted government’s statement to create “stronger order authorities to protect the environment” and, in particular, the ability of an inspector to order a mine closed or a suspension of work if they believed a delay in remedying a hazard would be dangerous to the environment.  
SHOUT OUT to Cohort 7 ELC Associates for their fulsome participation in the ELC Associates Program. They finished their first year of activities in June with an online session making the case for expanding the jurisdiction and role of Indigenous guardian watchmen programs. We look forward to kicking off year two in the fall.
THANK YOU to our 2019-20 Board members for another fruitful year. Special thanks to departing community Board member Oliver Brandes (Polis Project) and student Board members Diana Borges, Christina Joynt, Will Kendon, Maeve O’Neill Sanger, Andrew Spear and Holly Stewart. WELCOME to our new community Board members Nikki Skuce (Northern Confluence) and Tara Marsden (Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs) and student board members Medina Eve, Russell Chiong, Eva Garofalo, Lisa Harris, Jack Jones, Victoria Kacer and Frances Miltimore.
JOB POSTING: Our friends at Sage Legal are hiring an Associate Lawyer (1-5yr call). For information, see: https://www.sagelegal.ca/
THANK YOU to the Victoria Fire Fighters Association who came to our socially distanced staff gathering to thank us for the report we prepared on their behalf: Raising the Alarm: the Case for Better Flame Retardant Regulation in Canada 
CONGRATS to ELC Alumnus Ryan Solcz for opening his own firm, Ryan Michael Solcz Professional Corporation, in Windsor, Ontario.
CONGRATS to ELC Alumna Sarah Elwood and her partner Jason, who managed to pull off a “semi-elopement” in June (party to follow!)
CONGRATS to ELC Alumna Rosie Jacobs and her partner Ryan who were married in June
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