BCEIA News

Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators Fall 2014 Update from Environment Canada

OCTOBER 9, 2014 - Environment Canada is pleased to announce the update of four existing indicators on the  Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) website. Read More...

Competition launched to fund new CECR commercialization centres Letters of Intent due March 6, 2015

OCTOBER 9, 2014 - The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) has launched a competition for new funding under its innovative Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. The program funds centres that bridge the challenging gap between innovation and commercialization. Read More...

Site Profile and Soil Relocation Discussion Documents Posted Public comment period closes on December 10, 2014

OCTOBER 9, 2014 -  The Ministry of Environment is reviewing aspects of British Columbia's site remediation legal regime.  Discussion papers have been developed that focus on the prevention of site contamination from soil relocation and the mechanism for identifying potentially contaminated sites (the site profile process). Read More...

BEST2015 - Call for Abstracts Now Open! Presenters receive 50% off the conference registration price

The British Columbia Environment Industry Association invites submissions of papers and technical presentations for its second annual Bettering Environmental Stewardship and Technology (BEST 2015) Conference to be held in beautiful Whistler, BC May 19 - 21, 2015. Read More...

Canada and the UK launch joint research competition to develop enhanced sensing technologies for tidal energy applications $1.4 million CAD in collaborative R&D projects - competition opens October 6th

The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) and Innovate UK (the new name of the Technology Strategy Board) are jointly investing approximately $1.4 million CAD (approximately £755,000) in collaborative R&D projects to develop enhanced sensing technologies for tidal in-stream energy applications. The objective of this competition is to develop the technologies to lead to the acquisition of better data, improved data analysis, and collection methods that facilitate in the reduction of risk, uncertainty and cost to the tidal in-stream energy industry. Read More...

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 Read More...

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...

BCEIA Headlines

BC signals tax retreat

Government may bend to pressure on special LNG production tax; will limit GHG
PETROLEUM NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2014 - The British Columbia government has hinted it may be willing to soften its call for a special LNG tax as deteriorating economics threaten possible upstream capital spending of C$219 billion. Full Story

Federal permit issued to sink former warship HMCS Annapolis

GLOBE & MAIL, OCTOBER 9, 2014 - The battle's not over yet, but Environment Canada has issued a permit allowing a group to sink the former warship HMCS Annapolis to create a diving destination and artificial reef on the West Coast. Full Story

President of BC LNG Alliance says LNG not a foregone conclusion

CNW, OCTOBER 8, 2014 - David Keane, President of the BC LNG Alliance, today detailed the challenges and the opportunities facing British Columbia's LNG industry in a keynote address to the Vancouver Board of Trade. Full Story

Government’s suppression of Mount Polley report ‘verges on the absurd’: lawyer

GLOBE & MAIL, OCTOBER 7, 2014  - The B.C. government appears to have systemically breached its freedom of information law by withholding information related to the collapse of the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine, environment lawyers say. Full Story

Sustainable Development in Canada – Too many questions unanswered

"The audits I am reporting on today underscore that the government does not have the answers to many questions that impact the future of sustainable development in Canada." ~  Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand 
GLOBE-NET, OCTOBER 7, 2014 - This terse opening statement by Canada's new Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand signals her serious concerns about the federal governments management of climate change and related issues. Full Story

Anticipated LNG tax expected to dominate debate at BC legislature

NEWS1130, OCTOBER 5, 2014 - Liquefied natural gas is poised to get top billing during the British Columbia fall legislative session, but the Opposition and environmental groups have plans to shift the focus. Full Story

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

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