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Employment Opportunities: Environmental and Aboriginal Lawyers

Monday, April 7, 2014

West Coast is seeking Environmental and Aboriginal Lawyers. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2014.

Taseko Mines, what part of “No” don’t you understand?

31 March, 2014

Last month, the federal government rejected Taseko Mines’ proposal to build the controversial New Prosperity Project. Again. But Taseko is going to court arguing that the environmental assessment process that resulted in a “No” for the second time was based on an error, and that it should have yet another opportunity – through a process again largely paid for by the taxpayer – to explain why its mine is a good idea.  Saying “yes” to development when it is environmentally and socially appropriate, does not mean that we can't have strong environmental laws that clearly set out the ground-rules for development, so that industry has certainty about when they will receive a no. Taseko has had two extremely thorough and expensive review panels from the federal government, and has been rejected twice by Cabinet, so it seems fair to ask Taseko mines, “What part of 'No' don’t you understand?”

Last month, the federal government rejected Taseko Mines’proposal to build the controversial New Prosperity Project.  For a second time.  But Taseko is going to court arguing that the environmental assessment process that resulted in a “No” for the second time was based on an error, and that it should have yet another opportunity – through a process again largely paid for by the taxpayer – to explain why its mine is a

University of Victoria law students win Twitter Moot 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Vancouver.  West Coast Environmental Law today held Twitter Moot 2014 – an on-line court-appeal argued over Twitter and featuring law students from across Canada.  The winners of this unique social media event were Erin Gray and Mae Price of the University of Victoria.  The two tweeters were also selected by the audience – through an on-line poll – for the “people’s choice award.” 

Advisory: #Law students argue court appeal in x-Canada #Twitter contest

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#Lawstudents argue court appeal on #mining & #indigenous rights in X-Canada #Twitter Contest on Feb 28th at 10am PST: www.wcel.org/twtmoot

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NEB’s thumbs up ignores wall of opposition that will stop Enbridge

16 January, 2014

The National Energy Board Joint Review Panel, in its recent report endorsing the Enbridge Pipelines and Tankers Project, argued the economic benefits of the project would trump the risks to the envrionment and all the public and First Nations opposition.  But the fact is that it is precisely that public and First Nations opposition, and their determination to prevent the environmental impacts, that make the Pipeline and Tankers project an economic dead end.  The JRP Panel report seems to recommend that the project go ahead, but reading the report closely, it’s clear: if we hold the wall, the Enbridge Pipelines and Tankers Project is going nowhere. 

We and our allies have emphasized the many and real environmental risks of the Enbridge Pipelines and Tankers Project, the wall of opposition of First Nations, the lack of social licence among British Columbians.  The National Energy Board Joint Review Panel, in its recent report recommending that the project be allowed to proceed, had to concede, even after downplaying and low-balling those impacts, that there would be a negative impact of the project on BC’s environment.  But the JRP Panel nonetheless argued that what the panel saw as the economic benefits of the project w

West Coast and others pledge to hold the wall of opposition to Enbridge

18 December, 2013

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, members of the Yinka Dene Alliance, a group of six First Nations in northern BC who have banned the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines from their territories, held an anniversary celebration for the Save the Fraser Declaration in Vancouver. The anniversary consisted of the addition of a new First Nations signatory to the Declaration as well as the launch of the Save the Fraser Solidarity Accord, where a diverse range of Canadian organizations and individuals committed to stand with First Nations that have banned Enbridge’s Northern Gateway from their territories.  West Coast Environmental Law Association was honoured to be there to sign the Accord.

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, members of the Yinka Dene Alliance, a group of six First Nations in northern BC who have banned the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines from their territories, held an anniversary celebration for the Save the Fraser Declaration in Vancouver.

Tsleil-Waututh to Kinder Morgan: Kwel hoy’, (“we draw the line”)

18 October, 2013

As anyone who has worked in environmental or social justice knows, sometimes change takes a very, very long time, somewhat like a glacier carving out a valley. Little, incremental changes take place that you don’t notice at the time, but that add up to earth-shattering differences in the long run. Sometimes, though, you can point to milestones, markers in time that help you distinguish when things took a turn.

As anyone who has worked in environmental or social justice knows, sometimes change takes a very, very long time, somewhat like a glacier carving out a valley. Little, incremental changes take place that you don’t notice at the time, but that add up to earth-shattering differences in the long run. Sometimes, though, you can point to milestones, markers in time that help you distinguish when things took a turn.

Employment Opportunity: Aboriginal & Natural Resources Lawyer

Thursday, September 26, 2013

West Coast is seeking an Aboriginal and Natural Resources Lawyer. Deadline for applications is October 11, 2013.

First Nations warn Enbridge against trespass as BC moves to grant preliminary work permits

17 September, 2013

The Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA), a group of First Nations whose territories cover 25 percent of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipelines route, is ramping up enforcement of its own laws in the face of efforts by Enbridge to begin preliminary work in YDA territories for the proposed pipelines.  Meanwhile, the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations recently offered at least two land tenures to Enbridge and expects to finalize and issue the related permits within the next couple weeks.  As the autumn unfolds, the Province’s response to YDA will show whether BC is ready to match the strong stance it has taken against Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline with meaningful action on the ground.

The Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA), a group of First Nations whose territories cover 25 percent of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipelines route, is ramping up enforcement of its own laws in the face of efforts by Enbridge to begin preliminary work in YDA territories for the proposed pipelines.  YDA is vocally opposed to the proposed pipeline and

West Coast is pleased to welcome two new lawyers!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

West Coast is pleased to welcome two new staff lawyers to our team: Anna Johnston and Gavin Smith!

Anna’s work at West Coast focuses on developing and advancing law reform proposals and practical solutions related to environmental assessment law and federal environmental law rollbacks. Click here to read Anna's full bio.

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