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ELC in BC Supreme Court

March 14, 2014

Victoria, BC - The ELC was in the Supreme Court of British Columbia this week for our first ever Judicial Review. We will post details soon, including the Reasons for Judgment of Mr. Justice Brian D. MacKenzie. In the meantime, here's a link to some media response:

2014-03-14 Activists allowed to reappeal Rio Tinto’s Kitimat smelter permit Globe and Mail

2014-03-16 B.C. Supreme Court ruling allows wider reach for appeal standing Vancouver Sun

The ELC is Hiring Articled Students!

April 17, 2014

2014 ARTICLING STUDENT POSITIONS

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is currently accepting applications for the following Articled Student positions:

Position #1 – Shared Articles (Sept 2014) Shared articled position funded by the Tula Foundation. Students complete part of the articling term at the ELC and part of it with another firm. Students hired for these positions are responsible for securing a “shared” articling position that meets Law Society of British Columbia articling requirements. For more information about ELC shared articles, see our e-flyer at www.elc.uvic.ca/articling/index.htm.

Position #2 – Shared Articles (Jan 2015) As Position #1, shared articled position funded by the Tula Foundation.

We are accepting electronic submissions sent as one PDF file no larger than 5MB.

Please send your cover letter, resume, transcripts and references to the attention of:

Holly Pattison, Paralegal Administrator elc@uvic.ca

Deadline to apply: Friday, May 2, 2014

ABOUT THE ELC: The ELC is a non-profit society that operates Canada’s largest clinical public interest environmental law program in partnership with the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Providing assistance to community groups, conservation organizations and First Nations across the province, the ELC produces legal research, education materials and citizen handbooks; advocates on a range of environmental law reform issues; and represents clients before legislative committees, tribunals, and the courts. As an Articled Student with the ELC, you will receive a competitive salary and have the opportunity to work with experienced lawyers both at the ELC and in private practice.

BC Nature brings lawsuit to halt Northern Gateway approval

January 17, 2014

Less than a month after the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel (JRP)’s report was published, the first lawsuits aimed at stopping the proposed project were filed today. On behalf of BC Nature (the Federation of British Columbia Naturalists), the ELC filed an application for judicial review in the Federal Court of Appeal, asking that the JRP’s report be declared invalid and that the approval process be halted until its court challenge is heard. More...

Protecting School Children from Natural Gas Wells and Pipelines

December 12, 2013

The ELC and lawyer Tim Thielmann asked Premier Clark today to protect children who go to school in areas surrounded by gas wells and pipelines. Acting for the Peace Environment and Safety Trustees Society (PESTS), the ELC asked the province to tighten the rules for natural gas facilities near public schools. More...

Regulating Exposure to Radon Gas in BC Homes

January 3, 2014

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada after smoking – causing an estimated 2000 lung cancer deaths a year. An odourless, colourless radioactive gas formed by the natural decay of uranium deposits in the earth, it is ubiquitous throughout Canada and can leak through unprotected building foundations to reach concentrations that are hazardous to the health of building occupants. Simple remediation measures can usually address the risk. However, people are often simply unaware of the presence of the gas in their basements and homes. More...

Seaweed Harvesting: A New Industry that Needs Better Regulation

December 5, 2013

As global demand for seaweed expands, a new commercial seaweed harvesting industry is emerging on Vancouver Island. An ELC report by student Piet Brusse warns that this harvest could have serious impacts on fisheries and sensitive coastal ecosystems if government oversight does not improve. More...

Commissioner Says Government Must do a Better Job of Warning the Public

December 2, 2013

BC's Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham released her report this week in response to the ELC's June 2012 request on behalf of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) to investigate whether public bodies are following the laws intended to warn the public about health, safety and environment hazards. More...



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