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Climate in the 2017 BC Election

12 April, 2017

In an earlier post we compared the BC Liberal and BC NDP Climate plans in advance of the upcoming election. Now that the BC Green Party has released its climate plan, Staff Counsel Andrew Gage provides an update to our scorecard evaluating the platforms of all three parties.

In an earlier post we compared the BC Liberal and BC NDP Climate plans in advance of the upcoming election.  At the time the BC Green Party had not released its climate plan. 

Volunteers needed for Earth Day in Victoria!

Monday, March 27, 2017
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West Coast Environmental Law is seeking outgoing and engaging volunteers in Victoria who are passionate about climate change!

Interested in joining our Street Legal Team for Earth Day in Victoria and further opportunities in the greater Victoria area?

Inviting local governments to demand climate accountability

10 March, 2017

On Thursday, February 23, Staff Counsel Andrew Gage appeared before the City of Victoria’s Mayor, Lisa Helps, and its Council to talk about climate accountability. This is just one of many conversations we’re having with city councils, councillors, municipal staff and others following up on our January 25, 2017 letter about climate accountability

As part of that discussion, we’ve unveiled a new resource – Climate Accountability Letters: An introduction for local governments – which explains why local government must step up to the plate.

 Victoria City Hall. (Photo: Herb Neufeld)

On Thursday, February 23, I appeared before the City of Victoria’s Mayor, Lisa Helps, and its Council to talk about climate accountability.

BC NDP v. Liberal climate plans: A score card

8 February, 2017

Last week, the BC NDP released its “Clean Growth Climate Action Plan.” Unfortunately for both the NDP and public debate on climate policy, much of the media coverage focused less on the plan, and more on a leak of the plan by the BC Liberals. The BC Greens apparently have not released their climate strategy as yet, although it sounds as if a policy is under development. In the meantime, we bring you a score card comparing the BC Liberal and BC NDP climate plans.

 

 

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Flex your local muscles and hold fossil fuel companies accountable!

2 February, 2017

On January 25, 2017 West Coast and over 50 other organizations from around BC wrote to 190 local governments asking them to take action to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for its role in causing climate change. If you agree, it’s time for you to get involved too – by asking your Mayor and Council and other local government officials to respond to, and act on, this letter.

On January 25, 2017 West Coast and over 50 other organizations from around BC wrote to 190 local governments asking them to take action to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for its role in causing climate change. If you agree, it’s time for you to get involved too – by asking your Mayor and Council and other local government officials to respond to, and act on, this letter.

Pay up, Chevron: BC cities, towns challenged to hold fossil fuel industry accountable for climate impacts

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – More than 50 community groups from across BC  have signed onto an open letter arguing that fossil fuel companies owe BC communities for their fair share of the impacts of climate change. The letter was delivered to all 190 municipalities and regional districts in BC, asking them to demand accountability from the fossil fuel industry, up to and including considering lawsuits against Chevron and other big fossil fuel companies. 

WCEL reacts to BC’s approval of Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Today’s announcement to approve the risky Kinder Mountain Trans Mountain Expansion is a disappointing, but unsurprising betrayal for generations of British Columbians. The BC Government’s 37 conditions do nothing to mitigate the risks of the project.

2017: A Look Ahead to Protect Nature, Climate and Communities

5 January, 2017

Check out our short video to meet some of our talented lawyers and see what we're most excited about for 2017!

From providing legal aid for communities to defend their environment, to revitalizing Indigenous laws, and holding fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in climate change – this year the West Coast team will continue working toward a better future for people and the environment in Canada.

Check out our short video to meet some of our talented lawyers and program staff, and see what we're most excited about in our work for 2017.

Are politicians really standing up for our climate with the Pan-Canadian Framework?

16 December, 2016

The new Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change – and the games played by BC’s Premier Christy Clark during the process leading up to it – demonstrate clearly that Canada needs scientists, and not politicians, to be front and centre in developing its climate policy.


Canada's Prime Minister and Premiers during a press conference on the Climate Framework following the First Ministers' Meeting on December 9, 2016.

Climate framework a good first step, fails to plot path to sustainable future

Friday, December 9, 2016

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VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Lawyers with West Coast Environmental Law Association are celebrating the many positive elements in today’s national climate framework to address the country’s greenhouse gas pollution – including requiring provinces to place a price on greenhouse gas emissions.

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