Mining Law Reform and Water Sustainability in B.C.

Date: October 31st, 2019

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am PT

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Mining has a long history in Canada, and it continues to play an important role in many communities across the country. Mining can, however, also cause catastrophic and long-lasting impacts to fish, water, wildlife, and human health. Even as the industry has expanded its footprint and embraced new technologies, mining laws have changed little since the “Wild West” days. It has become clear that regulatory systems for mining are in urgent need of comprehensive reform.

This webinar will explore the challenges and opportunities for reforming mining laws in Canada, with a particular focus on British Columbia and the impacts of mining on fresh water. The speakers will explain how stronger safeguards can ensure that the right mines are built in the right locations at the right scale—and with local consent.

Nikki Skuce (Director, Northern Confluence) will offer a short history of mining in B.C., focusing on how legacies from that early era continue to present challenges to reforming mining laws today. She will also highlight some of the impacts mining has on fresh water.

Drawing on the recent report BC Mining Law Reform: A Plan of Action for Change, Calvin Sandborn (Legal Director, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria) will discuss how mines in British Columbia need careful regulation to ensure that mining companies adopt sound environmental practices and pay for their pollution costs. He will outline what government can do, and what new regulations should contain.



Hosted since 2010 by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, the Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series brings together expert water practitioners and thinkers, as well as emerging water leaders, to engage with innovative ideas on water policy and governance in Canada. By creating an online community of interest, the series strengthens the national capacity to engage with and solve problems, and raises awareness about emerging Canadian water issues, best practices, and policies.