Will you take action to improve environmental assessment in BC?

https://view.S7.exacttarget.com/?qs=19145a731545e54ceebb9540bdd8db0e61bb7d98fd27127cb818677892399506db3c7736d6c3980b5775bc537d2573566a60e278c560dd36d47a3c14abc8eb3372771117ceb124d8d878efe29eae3b82 Web Version https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324ae4527680b7b43d5ebd19aaae044d74fd443cc19aa05d4962311045537ca7a3e80eb163464c09f8cb3badcea2581846be Dear Paov, Last week, the BC government released its https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324a7702ea73ef20ee83dd2f34fd597456c45457b0263e32267b1e501959e6c59deba87a2303054f7eec560e33e072c54ba8 Environmental Assessment Revitalization Discussion Paper , as part of its commitment to reshape the way BC makes decisions about natural resource projects, industrial activities and more. It’s no secret that BC’s EA process needs a major overhaul. The current law and processes are failing British Columbians and the lands and waters we rely on – as we noted in this https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324a4669833d48c800b6551ee57879e67010a34e7907f19e4e28f66294a89e73a00648cf66330b1a50984dc33c7e924935f3 recent backgrounder . West Coast has joined 23 other environmental, social justice and community groups to put forward a https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324a6ff10cdd87ed051a11a99837e7a8137e431c5825c6c813f55e0a37ce97fb84971718ff9216229c04d9f95003bb4b77db shared vision of what future environmental assessments should look like. We have now https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324a350ee4426dc9f932d85149c04eb40c8c01109337e99b2fd94c4dcb216da38b825b0e8c602619afb37f4ddc206ac8b66f evaluated BC’s Discussion Paper in light of this this vision. Here’s what we found: The Discussion Paper outlines some positive approaches such as new proposals to honour the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples... (UNDRIP), conduct regional assessments, and improve opportunities for early public engagement. But there is much more that needs to be done to achieve a next-generation environmental assessment law in BC. This includes: - ensuring independent evidence and oversight of assessments, - requiring more meaningful public participation and participant funding, - addressing cumulative effects within a region, through more project assessments and mandatory regional assessments, and - rejecting projects if they don’t meet important legal criteria, including a climate test and Indigenous consent.Now it’s time for you to make your voice heard. Please share your views via the BC government’s https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324a90f2e6b3c1bd03fbc42e868f153c326d170bb4f4ef61f2f6d7ced27a266bec78e1f1b7b0b208df1c0bcf282f9d2b758a online comment form before the deadline on Monday, July 30th at 4pm. For more information about the public consultation – and helpful tips for making your submission – check out our https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324a20dca009579375cd6fb49c54ddf3362613b2a758ed36b49ad6eba9bbb9e0d07da680cd7cab35b6ed17aa5893aca062a3 latest blog post . This is your chance to safeguard the lands and waters you care about, and protect future generations from potentially damaging industrial activities. https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324a90f2e6b3c1bd03fbc42e868f153c326d170bb4f4ef61f2f6d7ced27a266bec78e1f1b7b0b208df1c0bcf282f9d2b758a Take action today to help ensure stronger, fairer decision-making for the environment and communities in BC. Many thanks, Gavin Smith, Staff Lawyer West Coast Environmental Law Association https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324abdc4a8923f032195dc501e84c04b9b2533ed75a4e620b3b377d80c4863486a1d0f730f84d179263e45ab927c25c4ac05 https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324a40aa2f149b5a89ba70216bb9255083efd1afe2536a7dfdccc0e63a0c07fa263a5e649797837304e400f401278539a848 https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324ab97a53660191f37097719c29ce802c11c294f067d90a12fe7a638196bab999e89d5cf3873e384a2728be7f6a98d9f052 https://cl.S7.exct.net/?qs=67e5c287c0c0324a57a89c9c17c6511bf6aeffb1392e538621fef221be0b00cf81758e35459c41ffea32737773ad8ec75a2850d5ef82531a West Coast Environmental Law 200 - 2006 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 2B3 phone: 604.684.7378 fax: 604.684.1312 toll-free in BC: 1.800.330.WCEL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. https://cl.S7.exct.net/profile_center.aspx?qs=a9bf8862064392519f08a4639ee983288978318a905501d14fba7ad6fb446ca26cadea96d512d281cd7a2ce64bb7f4c480e1bfac19b14df0996084a1d0702fc2 Update Profile https://cl.S7.exct.net/subscription_center.aspx?qs=a9bf8862064392516a68463955a5d420d749c6e3862438b315a8264ea802d4ed4c15dc112da571492b6fe3fb860b7af8f9e305a712db2c359bc13329fa81fb88 Manage Subscriptions https://cl.S7.exct.net/unsub_center.aspx?qs=a9bf8862064392516a68463955a5d420d749c6e3862438b315a8264ea802d4edc63503d4054587a3c3a738167c06a0c81eac08db32a0001d97665bfec1d24b68e9a5e63c0445bf1e Unsubscribe

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