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21 August, 2014
Terrace. Lynda Gagné and Charles Claus are heading to the BC Supreme Court, again, in their quest to challenge a permit issued by the BC Government’s Ministry of Environment to allow an...
16 June, 2014

First Nations, 2 in 3 British Columbians deny Northern Gateway permission to proceed

Vancouver, June 16 2014– A coalition of First Nations and civil...

7 May, 2014

VANCOUVER. Leading environmental organizations are rejecting the British Columbia government proposal for forest tenure change that would increase the amount of land under the control of logging...

25 April, 2014

Regulations allow ministers to blanket-authorize pollution in fish-bearing waters despite widespread opposition, say environmental lawyers

VANCOUVER – This...

15 April, 2014

Environmental lawyers say removal of an important oversight leaves environment and communities at risk

VANCOUVER – The BC government has quietly passed two...

25 March, 2014

VANCOUVER – Today Bill 4 (the Park Amendment Act) is set to become law, despite widespread opposition from the BC public and a consortium of leading environmental organizations and...

28 February, 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...

26 February, 2014

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

17 February, 2014

VANCOUVER - Six of the largest environmental groups in B.C. joined together today to condemn a B.C. Government proposal to allow industry to carry out “research” within B.C.’s...

5 February, 2014

Victoria, B.C. – According to a recent poll by Justason Market Intelligence, nearly two-thirds of British Columbians (64 per cent) oppose Enbridge’s proposal to transport crude oil...

28 November, 2013

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Vancouver.  Canadian health and environmental organizations today called on the BC government to abandon its plans to allow lawn care companies to apply...

25 November, 2013

Former fisheries ministers, scientists and public concerned changes will hurt fish and local economies

VANCOUVER – Today, after an almost...

14 November, 2013
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Thursday, November 14, 2013

Vancouver.  West Coast Environmental Law is inviting law students from across Canada to participate in a unique...

18 October, 2013
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Vancouver.  The West Coast Environmental Law Association responded to the Ministry of Environment’s release, today, of a legislative proposal for a new Water Sustainability Act. ...

19 September, 2013

New legal study makes case for reform

Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory – In a resolution passed with overwhelming support today at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) annual...

22 August, 2013

Vancouver – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has agreed to extend a public comment period in the assessment of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project near Prince Rupert...

14 August, 2013

Canadians invited to comment on Canada’s weakening of environmental protection laws

Vancouver – Almost 20 years after NAFTA came into effect, environmental...

19 June, 2013

Opponents credit public, scientific and First Nations pushback

VANCOUVER –One year ago in an unprecedented attack on nature and democracyCanada passed Bill C...

12 April, 2013
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VANCOUVER, BC – J. Michael Fay, renowned Wildlife Conservation Society scientist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, is coming to Vancouver this Monday, April 15th, as part of...

25 February, 2013

VANCOUVER, BC – Opinion leaders and decision-makers from across BC will come together the evening of Tuesday, February 26th to engage in a high level public dialogue about the...

21 February, 2013

New mapping and analysis show gaping holes in conservation

For Immediate Release

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Two reports released today show...

24 January, 2013
energy

Kinder Morgan proposal increases risk of major oil spill without adequate insurance, report warns

For Immediate...

23 January, 2013
energy

VANCOUVER, B.C. ─ A coalition of four environmental groups will hold a press conference on January 24, at 10:00 a.m. to announce the release of Financial Liability for Kinder Morgan, a report that...

21 November, 2012

Massive bill before Parliament further undermines Canadian democracy and environment, groups say in open letter

TORONTO –First Nations and environmental, recreation and grassroots...

20 November, 2012
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Vancouver.  Samuel Harrison and Pippa Feinstein, two law students with the University of Alberta Law School in Edmonton, Alberta, have won the Second ever Twitter Moot (a legal appeal argued...

18 October, 2012

Omnibus bill again hides big changes to environmental laws, subverting democracy, weakening protection of air, water, soil and ecosystems

TORONTO, ON AND...

5 October, 2012

Vancouver.  West Coast Environmental Law today announced the teams selected to participate in its “World’s 2nd Twitter Moot” – a mock court case to be argued...

22 August, 2012

Vancouver - Critics of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker proposal welcomed today’s announcement by BC’s Official Opposition that there must be a “made in BC...

17 August, 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - A refinery in Kitimat is the latest attempt to build support for the Northern Gateway pipeline that has been fiercely opposed by First Nations,...

15 August, 2012

Committee’s science-based approach is sound, but forest reserves should remain off limits to logging say environmental lawyers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (...

13 August, 2012

West Coast Environmental Law announces national Twitter debate

Vancouver.  West Coast Environmental Law is inviting law students from...

30 July, 2012

Latest Enbridge Oil Spill Proves Once Again the Risks of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Are Too Great for the Project to Be Approved

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - In the...

20 June, 2012

Federal environmental assessment law passed Monday night will turn a blind eye to the potential human health and environmental impacts of many proposed projects.

...

19 June, 2012

Movement to protect nature and democracy in Canada will continue to build

Late last night, our elected Members of Parliament passed Bill C-38,...

4 June, 2012

Hundreds of websites darken for Black Out Speak Out

VANCOUVER – No fewer than 500 businesses and organizations and thousands of individual Canadians are...

24 May, 2012

Groups agree that silence not an option as attacks on nature and democracy continue

BLACK OUT SPEAK OUT

Toronto, ON – Every day, more Canadians and...

24 April, 2012

Fisheries Act changes shaping up to be ‘give-away’ to big oil and mining companies

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (April 24, 2012) --Today’s...

29 March, 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (March 29, 2012) - Jessica Clogg, Executive Director and Senior Counsel at the West Coast Environmental Law Association issued the following statement in response to...

13 March, 2012

(Ottawa) Conservative MPs on the Committee reviewing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) have set out recommendations that follow the party line to further gut the federal...

9 March, 2012

Plans to roll back federal environmental reviews are reckless say environmental lawyers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (March 9, 2012) - Jessica Clogg, Executive...

29 February, 2012

Weak environmental laws jeopardize public health and safety and the integrity of First Nations consultation

VANCOUVER, BC and OTTAWA, ON (February 29, 2012)...

21 February, 2012
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Vancouver.  Nicole Petersen and Emelia Baack, two law students with Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, have won the World’s First Twitter Moot (a legal appeal argued entirely...

20 February, 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (February 20, 2012) – Leading public health physicians, environmental lawyers and academics warned today against haphazard federal attempts to undermine...

14 February, 2012

Ottawa.  Yana Banzen and Kowlasar Misir, two students at the University of Ottawa’s Law School, are gearing up to participate in the world’s first ever Twitter...

14 February, 2012
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Halifax.  Michele Charles and Kristen Balcom, two students at the University of Dalhousie’s Schulich Law School, are hard at work preparing for the world’s first ever...

14 February, 2012
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Toronto.  Nicole Petersen and Emelia Baack, two students at the University of York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, gearing up to participate in the world’s first ever ...

14 February, 2012
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Victoria.  Matthew Nefstead and Jenn Cameron, two students at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law, are gearing up to participate in the world’s first ever...

14 February, 2012
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Vancouver.  Hamish Stewart and Matthew Kalkman, two students at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law, are putting the finishing touches on their written legal arguments...

25 January, 2012
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Vancouver.  With four weeks to go until the World’s first-ever legal appeal argued over Twitter, the event’s host, West Coast Environmental Law, has announced that noted lawyer...

18 January, 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (January 18, 2012) - Jessica Clogg, Executive Director and Senior Counsel at West Coast Environmental Law issued the...

9 January, 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Jan. 9, 2012) - A poll released today by BC environmental groups shows that almost 75 percent of British Columbians are worried about foreign investment in Canadian...

7 January, 2012
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA-- Jessica Clogg, Executive Director and Senior Counsel at West Coast Environmental Law, made the following comments in response...

5 January, 2012

VANCOUVER – One of Canada’s oldest environmental law organisations responds to attack ads linked to a top oil...

13 December, 2011

VANCOUVER. On Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 10am PST (1pm EST), West Coast Environmental Law will be hosting the world's first ever Twitter Moot.  Moot Courts – a simulated court...

29 November, 2011

Ottawa/Vancouver -  Environmental groups across Canada are expressing shock over the abrupt termination of the Parliamentary review of the Canadian Environmental...

21 November, 2011

VANCOUVER - The Honourable Mr. Justice Kelen of the Federal Court of Canada has ordered Health Canada to take a second look at the impacts on amphibians of Glyphosate-based pesticides – one...

17 November, 2011

VANCOUVER - Josh Paterson, staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law Association, made the following statement ...

17 November, 2011

Vancouver.  West Coast Environmental Law, a non-profit environmental law organization, today released a report – ...

19 October, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Victoria and Vancouver, B.C. - Taseko’s revised proposal for a Fish Lake gold and copper mine would be even more of “an environmental disaster” than...

29 July, 2011
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Vancouver. The Ministry of Environment today launched a new on-line database which will allow members of the public to “make it easier for British Columbians to keep track of the people,...

21 June, 2011

Groups Petition Auditor General’s Office for Answers

Ottawa, ON – Today Environmental Defence, West Coast Environmental Law Association and L'...

8 June, 2011

Official Opposition’s first policy announcement is a bid to protect Pacific coast from oil tankers spills

June 8, 2011 (Vancouver, BC) - On World Oceans Day, groups...

28 April, 2011
energy

Victoria, B.C. — Just days before the federal election, new polling results indicate 78.9 per cent of British Columbians support a ban on oil tanker traffic in B.C.’s inside coastal...

22 March, 2011

Alliance of five First Nations attend BMO AGM to dissuade bank from backing project that would harm rivers

For immediate release

...
21 March, 2011
energy

Minister Kent says Federal Review Panel to be re-appointed for environmental assessment of major project

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Canada’s...

24 February, 2011

For immediate release:

Campbell off-side with 80% of British Columbians in bid to support big oil in last days as Premier.

Wilderness Tourism Association, Friends...

16 February, 2011

Dogwood Initiative, Forest Ethics, West Coast Environmental Law Association, Living Oceans Society.

VICTORIA – Vancouver Liberal Member of Parliament Joyce Murray announced this...

4 February, 2011
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Vancouver, BC - Calvin Sandborn has been awarded the Dr. Andrew Thompson Award by West Coast Environmental Law for his contribution to environmental protection and...

2 February, 2011
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What:

West Coast Environmental Law is presenting the Dr. Andrew Thompson award to an environmental lawyer who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to environmental...

6 January, 2011

 

District of Central Saanich repeals bylaw, pays court costs for neighbourhood group

Central Saanich: The Mount Newton Neighborhood...

16 December, 2010

“Our lands and waters are not for sale, not at any price.”

Nadleh Whut’en, Dakelh territories (BC) – The Yinka Dene Alliance, a...

14 December, 2010
energy

For Immediate Release
Vancouver - Environmental groups are once again applauding MPs who are taking the necessary steps to secure a permanent tanker ban on...

7 December, 2010

For immediate release: December 7, 2010

Environmental groups praise support for today's vote...

30 November, 2010

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2010

Delegation says oil tankers threaten coastal economies and communities.

Ottawa...

30 November, 2010

Pour diffusion immédiate : Le 30 novembre 2010

L’appel à l'interdiction de pétroliers sur la côte nord du Pacifique s'intensifie : les...

25 October, 2010

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Vancouver. The lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law are concerned that BC’s new Ministry of Natural Resource Operations...

1 October, 2010

Vancouver BC—On Friday afternoon, the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit of BC, representing a majority of First Nations and Tribal Councils in BC, stated that the ...

2 September, 2010

Vancouver, BC—Twelve environmental groups are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to save Fish Lake, home to 80,000 rainbow trout and sacred to the Tsilhqot’in First Nations. The...

8 July, 2010

Vancouver, BC—Senate National Finance Committee heeds objections from conservation groups and votes to cut sections from federal budget that would severely weaken environmental...

21 June, 2010
energy

Announcement brings B.C. one step closer to a legislated ban

For Immediate Release

June 21, 2010 (Vancouver, B.C.) – Environmental...

1 June, 2010

Vancouver, BC—Proposed Budget bill allowed to pass House of Commons by MPs seeking to avoid an election contains buried sections that dangerously rewrite environmental assessment...

10 May, 2010

Vancouver, BC — Proposed Budget bill contains buried provisions that rewrite environmental assessment laws and would allow dangerous projects to go ahead virtually unchecked,...

29 April, 2010

But BC must work with British Columbians to refine its approach if this potential is to be met.

Vancouver - Integrated resource planning to meet BC...

20 April, 2010

Vancouver -  The provincial government’s decision to move ahead on the Site C dam is irresponsible given the massive environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the proposed...

16 April, 2010

Vancouver, BC--New B.C. guidelines for forest carbon offsets are “fake climate change action” and will fail to reduce carbon emissions quickly or protect vulnerable ecosystems...

24 March, 2010

Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory - Several First Nations peoples on the Central and North Pacific Coast and Haida Gwaii issued a Declaration this week banning Tar Sands crude oil...

2 March, 2010
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Victoria. The announcement, in BC Budget 2010/11, of $69 million for justice and policing operations ignores the virtual collapse of the enforcement of BC’s...

1 February, 2010

VICTORIA – This morning Chief Roland Willson and the entire Council of the West Moberly First Nations will walk into the Courthouse in Victoria, BC to ask the BC Supreme Court to overturn...

28 January, 2010

New report and accompanying letter signed by top international scientists and environmental thinkers urges government to integrate nature conservation into provincial climate action strategy....

6 January, 2010
energy

Media Advisory

WHAT:
“Emerging Solutions for Clean Green Power in BC” a dialogue on concrete legal and policy solutions to advance truly clean, green...

17 December, 2009
energy

Several environmental organizations today released a blueprint for improving the planning and development of renewable electricity projects in British Columbia. The recommendations, authored by...

9 December, 2009

Vancouver - For the past 20 years the West Coast Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) has provided legal support to British Columbians seeking to protect their environment. During this...

4 December, 2009

Vancouver – The months of opposition and controversy that have dogged federal government plans to conduct an environmental assessment and regulatory review the Enbridge Northern Gateway...