The BC Supreme Court has ordered the BC Government to put in place a plan to protect a herd of critically threatened Boreal Caribou. This precedent-setting decision was the result of a legal challenge brought by the West Moberly First Nations, with the support of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund, and is the first time in Canada that Aboriginal Treaty rights have been used to force the government to protect a threatened species.
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Pop quiz – what does the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) have to do with Canada’s 2010 budget? Absolutely nothing, but that has not stopped the Canadian government from hiding major revisions to CEAA at the end of this year’s Budget Implementation Act. West Coast says that the move is undemocratic and an attempt to avoid public debate.
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Recently released legal analysis from West Coast highlights legal risks posed by Coastal First Nations’ March 23rd declaration banning tar sands crude oil tanker traffic from their territories. In light of the Coastal First Nations declaration, a federal decision to allow crude oil tankers into these waters would infringe First Nations’ constitutionally-protected title and rights, and breach Canada’s international law obligations. Coastal First Nations have signaled that they may take enforcement action, based in their own laws, against companies shipping tar sands oil through their waters on the north and central Pacific coast. This highly volatile legal situation could significantly delay and even derail the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project altogether.
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