ELAW Partner Calvin Sandborn directs the Environmental Law Centre at Victoria University in Canada. For more than three years, the law students in his clinic have worked with the Sea-to-Sea Greenbelt Society to persuade the province’s Auditor General that the provincial government had improperly released certain forest lands for development. Those submissions led to a scathing report by the Auditor General, and contributed to an agreement to purchase significant portions of the shoreline from the world-famous surfing beach at Jordan River to Sandcut Beach.
The Times Colonist reported this week that:
“The Capital Regional District has negotiated a massive deal with Western Forest Products to buy more than 2,300 hectares of high-profile waterfront and forest land, days before much of the southwest corner of Vancouver Island was set to go up for sale.
The agreement in principle, with a pricetag of $18.8 million, includes more than 3.5 kilometres of shoreline along Sandcut Beach and the Jordan River surfing beach and townsite. It also takes in land beside Sooke Potholes regional park and areas, such as Weeks Lake, that will add to the buffer around the Greater Victoria water supply’s catchment area and complete the Sea-to-Sea Greenbelt.”
Congratulations to Calvin, his staff and students for this amazing legacy that will protect the shoreline for future generations.