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Date: August 22, 2000

Citizens Get Guidebook For Clean Air Fight

Citizens concerned about deteriorating air quality in their neighbourhoods now have a guidebook to help them clean up the atmosphere: cleanair.ca: A Citizen's Action Guide is both a publication and a website. The book was written by UVic's environmental law centre and published by the Sierra Legal Defence Fund.

"It's very much an action-oriented guide that's both sophisticated enough for groups already doing work on air quality issues and helpful to citizens getting started on these issues," says the guide's lead author Chris Tollefson, a UVic law professor who's also the executive director of the environmental law centre.

The guide was officially launched today in Toronto and Vancouver. The 120-page publication is the culmination of three years of work by Tollefson and his students. It has its roots in research conducted by law students for citizens in Esquimalt, B.C. and Taylor, B.C. who were concerned about air quality in their areas. The environmental law centre is the only one of its kind in Canada. Through it, law students earn credits by conducting research on environmental law issues from a public interest perspective.

Funding for cleanair came from UVic's Eco Research Chair, the UVic Students Society, Sierra Legal Defence Fund, West Coast Environmental Law Association and the Law Foundation of B.C. Environment Canada also supported the website which is accessible at www.cleanair.ca

cleanair.ca: A Citizen's Action Guide is distributed by UBC Books and can be ordered on line through the website.
Media contacts:
Chris Tollefson (law) at 885-3191 (Victoria) or (250) 885-3191 (Vancouver).

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