Annual Report 2017/2018

  • July 05, 2018

Summary of Meetings: Environmental Law

Number of Meetings Held: 3

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Guest Speaker: Nick Hughes, McCarthy Tetrault LLP and Janice Walton, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: When the Regulator Comes Calling: Inspections and Investigations - Practical Tips and Suggestions
Synopsis: Nick Hughes, McCarthy Tetrault LLP, and Janice Walton, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, provided an overview of the law and discussed inspections vs. investigations from a practical perspective.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Guest Speaker: Sarah Hansen, Miller Thomson
Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Miller Titerle + Company
Georgia Lloyd-Smith, West Coast Environmental Law, RELAW project
Maxine Hayman Matilpi, Ma'amtigila and Kwakiutl First Nations, West Coast Envir Law, RELAW project
Meeting Title/Topic: Indigenous Laws & the Future of Environmental Assessments
Synopsis: A discussion with counsel on the experiences, perspectives, and lessons learned on the indigenous-led independent environmental assessment processes on these two BC projects, as well as a presentation on West Coast Environmental Law's RELAW project, which pairs indigenous nations with researchers and lawyers to incorporate indigenous laws into land and resource management.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Guest Speaker: Jason Bourgeois is the Compliance Section Head, Regional Operations Branch, Environmental Protection Division, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Meeting Title/Topic: EMA Compliance 101: A World Apart from Part 4
Synopsis: Jason Bourgeois provided a presentation on the Ministry of Environment's Compliance Management Framework, covering topics including the roles and Responsibilities of newly dedicated Compliance Team, the Ministry's focus on voluntary compliance, the Ministry's Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Procedure and response options to non-compliances, an update on increased use of Administrative Penalties, roles of Compliance Inspectors (Inspections) versus Conservation Officer Service (Investigations), and any other issues relevant to the EMA (other than contaminated sites).

Comments and Observations of the Chair