BCEIA Victoria Fall Luncheon - Presentations Announced! Featured Speakers: Wes Shoemaker, Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Environment & Genevieve Martin, Environmental Risk Manager, BC Hydro

The Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

Legal Case Study: Cost Recovery under the EMA - J.I. Properties Inc. v. PPG Architectural Coatings Canada Inc. Case Comment by Una Radoja and Kimberley Fenwick, Harper Grey LLP

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 - On August 25, 2014, the BC Supreme Court rendered a ruling in a cost recovery action brought by J.I. Properties Inc. against PPG Architectural Coatings Canada Inc. pursuant to the Environmental Management Act, R.S.B.C 2003, c. 53. The Plaintiff obtained a judgment against the Defendant in the amount of $4,750,000, representing the reasonable costs incurred by the Plaintiff in investigating and remediating James Island, located between the Saanich Peninsula and Sidney Island, BC.  Read More...

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) Funding Call for Applications is Now Open Applications being accepted until October 15, 2014

On behalf of the Government of Canada, SDTC is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.  The SD Tech Fund™ and the SD Natural Gas Fund™  are open for applications from August 27 to October 15, 2014. Read More...

ECO Canada 2014 Survey of Environmental Workers Please support this important environment industry initiative

ECO Canada is the major Canadian supplier of Labour Market Information in the environmental industry and certifies environmental professionals (EP). The ECO Canada Research Team is currently conducting a research project to understand what aspects of the current environmental sector framework need to be revised. Input from environmental workers is vital in helping ECO ensure that they are providing an updated representation of the environmental work in Canada for all to use. The results of the survey will be incorporated in a final report that will be publicly available in ECO website. Read More...

2nd Annual BCEIA “Members at Work” Photo Contest Deadline extended to September 30th

The second annual BCEIA "Members at Work" Photo Contest is now open to all BCEIA members!  The contest is a great way to promote your environmental work in the field, office or facility! Read More...

New Analytical Methods Approved Developed with the assistance of the British Columbia Environmental Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee

AUGUST 28, 2014  - New analytical methods, developed by the Ministry of the Environment with the assistance of the British Columbia Environmental Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee (BCELTAC), have been approved by the Director.   Read More...

Public Comments Invited - Brucejack Gold Mine Project Public Consultations to take place August 27 to October 10, 2014

CNW, AUGUST 20, 2014  - As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed  Brucejack Gold Mine Project, located 65 kilometres north-northwest of  Stewart, British Columbia. Read More...

Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative Upcoming Information Sessions - Commercialization Funding for SMEs

Are you an innovative B.C. company? There is a wide-range of government and government-funded programs available that are supporting innovative companies across the province. Programs include: Read More...

BCEIA Victoria Fall Luncheon Featured Speaker: Wes Shoemaker, Deputy Minister British Columbia Ministry of Environment

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Union Club of British Columbia

805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC


Legal Case Study: Taku River Tlingit First Nation V. British Columbia (Minister Of Environment), 2014 BCSC 1278, Supreme Court Of British Columbia (Macintosh J.)

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS LLP JULY 18, 2014 - The Supreme Court of British Columbia allowed a petition brought by an Aboriginal group in relation to whether a mining project had "substantially started" within the meaning of s. 18(5) of the provincial Environmental Assessment Act. The Court ordered the Minister to make a fresh determination of this issue after proper consultation with the petitioners. Read More...

BCEIA Headlines

Opinion: B.C. energy reserves can pave a cleaner future

VANCOUVER SUN, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 - An urgent challenge for B.C. is to design and implement a sustainable energy future and all British Columbians must be included in this process. And pipelines, yes or no, is not a sufficient question. Full Article

B.C. begins work on LNG initiative with First Nations

LNG INDUSTRY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 - Through a series of regional workshops, the government is taking the next step in its commitment to work with First Nations to create a positive environmental legacy from the development of a safe and sustainable LNG industry in British Columbia. Full Article

Balancing Act: How public-private partnerships may help repair Canada’s water and wastewater systems

WATER CANADA, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 - Properly maintained water and wastewater systems underpin our quality of life. Most Canadians are unaware of the poor condition of these systems and the risks associated with our governments' lack of an adequate plan for long-term sustainability. Full Article

Environmental Lawyers Find Glaring Gaps in Proposed Aquaculture Regulations

WEST COAST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ASSOCIATION, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014  - Environmental lawyers have raised serious concerns over proposed new federal regulations that would allow aquaculture facilities to dump aquatic drugs, pesticides and fish waste into wild fish habitat with impunity. Full Article

B.C. tailings spill could hurt First Nations fisheries

TIMES-COLONIST, AUGUST 15, 2014 - For the first time in eight years, British Columbia's Quesnel River salmon stocks are expected to return in large enough numbers that First Nations in the area will be able to fill their food-fish quotas. Full Story

B.C. mines minister hopes offer will end First Nations blockade of new Imperial Metals mine

THE PROVINCE, AUGUST 14, 2014 - Mines Minister Bill Bennett hopes a new offer will end a First Nations blockade of a northwestern B.C. mine owned by the company that's involved in a tailings pond breach in the Cariboo. Full Story

Lax enforcement risks environment, projects

TIMES-COLONIST, AUGUST 10, 2014 - The Mount Polley Mine tailings-pond breach is the latest in a string of environmental disasters in B.C., and one that threatens to cast yet another chill over the entire natural-resource sector, from natural gas to aquaculture to pipelines to hardrock mining. Full Story

Environment Canada investigating B.C. tailings pond breach

Environment Canada has launched a federal investigation into a major tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia
TORONTO STAR, AUGUST 7, 2014  - Environment Canada has launched a federal investigation into a major tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia. Full Story

Premier's LNG plans hit a snag as major investor out of Kitmat LNG project

The news comes only one month after Premier Christy Clark took a tour of the Kitimat site to promote the LNG industry
VANCOUVER OBSERVER, AUGUST 1, 2014  - The future of a major LNG project in Kitimat has been thrown into uncertainty, after one of its main backers has decided to walk out. Houston-based Apache Corporation says it will leave Kitimat LNG, which was a joint project with Chevron. Full Article

Agricultural trade appears unaffected by B.C. carbon tax

PHYS.ORG, JULY 23, 2014 - British Columbia's carbon tax does not appear to have had a measurable impact on international agricultural trade, despite concerns it would greatly reduce the BC industry's competitiveness, according to new analysis commissioned by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). Full Article

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