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Past Webinars

For general information about West Coast Environmental Law webinars, including upcoming webinars, click here.  This page provides information about past webinars offered by West Coast Environmental Law. 

 


 

Protecting Charities' Free Speech

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PST

For decades, charities have given voice to the concerns of Canadians who want social progress, better health and a clean, safe environment. But the rules regarding what charities can and cannot do are open to abuse due to ambiguous guidelines and outdated laws.

In fall 2016, the Minister of National Revenue launched a public review of the rules under which charities can speak out in Canadian society. This webinar, hosted by West Coast's Executive Director & Senior Counsel Jessica Clogg, focused on the issues and priorities for reform and how to participate in the federal government’s review of charity laws.

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National Webinar | Building a Visionary new EA process for Canada

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm PST

Canada’s environmental assessment processes are broken. As an Expert Panel hosts public and Indigenous engagement sessions across Canada about how federal environmental assessment processes can be improved, this webinar was aimed at helping participants understand how to be part of building a visionary new environmental assessment process that works for our environment, communities and democracy.

Expert panelists Anna Johnston (West Coast Environmental Law Association), Byron Williams (Public Interest Law Centre) and Justina Ray (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada) provided important information about the Expert Panel review, how to participate in it, and introduced leading-edge thinking on how we should make decisions that affect communities and the environment.

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Private Practice in the Public Interest

Wednesday, November 19 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm Pacific Time.

Lawyers who are in private practice can still help change the world. Three lawyers who have experience with "private public interest law" shared their practice and ethics advice for lawyers who want to develop a private practice that focuses on representing public interest clients and causes.

Bill Andrews is a sole practioner specialising in environmental law and former Executive Director of West Coast Environmental Law based in North Vancouver. Bill has represented a wide range of individuals, First Nations and environmental organizations in many different environmental files.  

Richard Overstall, a partner in Smithers-based law firm, Buri Overstall, represents a range of First Nations and environmental clients. 

John Bonine is one of the pioneers of environmental law in the United States, and a Professor of Law at the University of Oregon.  He coined the phrase "private public interest environmental lawyer" and is a mentor to many of the world's environmental lawyers.

This webinar provided 1.5 hours towards the Law Society BC requirement of professional development related to professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, or practice management.

 

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Conservation Covenants 101

Tuesday, December 16 2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm Pacific Time.

Conservation covenants can offer land owners, local governments and those who would like to see environmental values protected a lot of flexibility. Join us for an introduction to covenants under BC's Land Title Act, what to keep in mind in drafting them and how to use them.

Featured Lawyers Lui Carvello and Marie Potvin, Forester Ben Van Drimmelen, and Paul McNair, Executive Director of the Land Trust Alliance.

 

Who Caused Climate Change?

Friday, April 11, 2014, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm PDT

Is it possible that the courts could one day find that large-scale greenhouse gas emitters have “caused” rising sea-levels, extreme weather events and other climate-related damages?  The problem of causation is one of the most challenging for lawyers interested in lawsuits for climate-related damages.  Joined by a climate scientist and three lawyers, we tried to untangle the difficult question of who caused climate change.

Peter Frumhoff is a global change ecologist and the Chief Scientist of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Climate Campaign.  A lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) 2007 Fourth Assessment Report, he has published and lectured on climate change impacts, and climate science and policy.

Melissa Power is an Associate Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches climate change law,  and a director of the Green Energy Institute.  Professor Powers is co-author of a casebook, Climate Change and the Law, and several articles focused on climate change and energy law.

Lynda Collins is a Professor at the University of Ottawa Law School and one of Canada’s leading experts on toxic tort litigation.  Earlier in her career, Professor Collins practiced with Ecojustice in Toronto and with a private firm in San Francisco (conducting toxic tort litigation).

Andrew Gage is a staff lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law and the head its climate change program.  He is the author of papers on the obligations of professional associations in addressing climate change, role of public rights in environmental law, and climate change causation.

This webinar qualified for 2 hours CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia.

 

How Engineers Can Get Serious About Climate Change

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 am-10:00 am PDT

Andrew Gage is the author of the ground-breaking report Professionals and climate change: How professional associations can get serious about global warming. Andrew’s presentation will explore the role of engineering and other professional associations and their members in dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation. Andrew will discuss the recommendations made in his report, and how they apply to engineers.

This webinar wasbrought to you by Engineers for Carbon Ethics.

 

The Straw that Broke the Ecosystem’s Back

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 11:45 am - 1:15pm PST

Cumulative effects, and the laws (and absence thereof) dealing with them, are one of the big challenges for lawyers concerned about ecosystems and ecosystem services. This webinar looked at what is meant by regional cumulative effects management, current and proposed laws addressing cumulative effects, and the relationship between cumulative effects and First Nations consultation rights.

This webinar qualifies for 1.5 hours CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia.

Panelists

Jessica Clogg, Executive Director, West Coast Environmental Law

Deborah Carlson, Staff Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law

James Tate and Nathan Hume, Counsel for the Fort Nelson First Nation

Tim Thielmann, Counsel for West Moberly First Nations

 

Make yourself heard: Navigating the NEB application process for the Kinder Morgan pipeline

Many citizens who are concerned about the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers expansion project didn't realize that they must apply to the National Energy Board NOW if they wish to participate in the review of the project. And under new rules, even citizens who just want to write a letter expressing their views must apply to the NEB first and demonstrate that they are "directly affected" by the project.

Not sure what the rules are? Daunted by the complicated on-line application form? This webinar may help to answer your questions. In this free one hour session, we go over the application process to give you the best shot at taking part in the NEB hearings.

This webinar was co-presented by West Coast Environmental Law, ForestEthics Advocacy, and Sierra Club BC.

 

 

Local government law and climate adaptation

Lawyers Courtney Johnson (Oregon, US), Megan Herzog (California, US), Kirston Gerathy (New South Wales, Australia) and Deborah Carlson (British Columbia, Canada) discussed the legal opportunities and barriers facing local governments who are dealing with the reality of a changing climate.  Drawing on experiences in the U.S. and Canada, this webinar discussed legal tools that are being used, and can be used, by local governments to manage rising sea levels, changes in temperature, extreme weather events and other climatic impacts.   

Courtney Johnson, a lawyer with CRAG Law Centre in Portland, Oregon, works on the Coastal Law Project –partnering with the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and local citizens to ensure the coast’s natural environment remains pristine and accessible and to address the impacts of a rising global climate.

Megan Herzog is an Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, California.  She researches law and policy solutions to the climate change crisis for UCLA’s Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, focusing in particular on law and policy tools that California local governments can harness to adapt to sea-level rise and other changing climatic conditions.

Kirston Gerathy is partner with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers in Sydney Australia.  She is a specialist Planning and Environment lawyer with a particular emphasis on the strategic, regulatory and environmental aspects of development and infrastructure projects. Kirston has a special interest in managing ecological sustainability and biodiversity conservation issues including preservation of wetlands, native vegetation and threatened species. She is recognised as the preeminent legal advisor to local government authorities on coastal hazard management, protection and planning for climate change adaptation. Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession identifies Kirston as one of the Leading Planning and Environment Lawyers in New South Wales. 

Deborah Carlson joined West Coast Environmental Law in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2010 and is lead author of Preparing for Climate Change, An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia, which explains the legal tools available to local governments to implement climate change adaptation strategies.  

This webinar qualified for 2 hours CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia.

 

Our Coast, Our Decision: Maximizing Your Impact at the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel Hearings

You signed up to make an oral statement at the Joint Review Panel Hearings happening in Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna in 2013 regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. That's great! Now what? If you've never been to one of these kind of community hearings before and are not sure what to expect, this webinar was designed to help answer your questions. In this free one hour session, we will go over what a Joint Review Panel Hearing is and what you can expect. In addition, we'll go over some of the ways that you can make yourself heard effectively on this issue. And if you're looking for more background information on the issue, we can point you toward some great resources.

 

 

Practice and Ethics for Public Interest Non-Profit Lawyers

What ethical and practice management issues face a public interest lawyer working for a non-profit organization? How are those issues different from, and similar to, those faced by lawyers in a more conventional practice, or in government? Join lawyers Lindsay Waddell (Community Legal Assistance Society), Eugene Kung (BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre) and Andrew Gage (West Coast Environmental Law) as they discuss their practice with their respective organizations, and the ethical and professional issues that they encounter working on public interest matters.

This webinar is directed at lawyers working for public interest organizations, but we also welcome lawyers with a special interest in social justice and environmental issues.

 

CEAA 2012 – Practical advice for practitioners

With a dramatic and controversial overhaul of Canada’s federal environmental assessment laws, what can environmental lawyers expect? What does the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act say about when and how an environmental assessment will be held? What opportunities will your clients have to get involved, and what issues will assessments consider? Rachel Forbes, of West Coast Environmental Law, outlined how the Act has changed, and what it means for environmental assessment in Canada. Jay Nelson, Counsel for the Tsilhqot’in National Government in the environmental assessment of the New Prosperity Mine, gave his perspective on what the changes mean for the environmental and Aboriginal Law practitioner.

Speakers: Rachel Forbes, Staff Counsel at West Coast Environmental Law, and Jay Nelson, Counsel for the Tsilhqot’in National Government.

This webinar qualified for 1.5 hours CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM PDT

 

When Environmental and Aboriginal Law Collide

Over the past year some of the most important environmental law cases have been Aboriginal law cases. In this webinar we heard from the lawyers representing First Nations who have achieved significant environmental wins for their clients, protecting water, forests and endangered species. What are the opportunities for First Nations to protect the environment, and are there opportunities for environmentalists to work with First Nations to better protect the environment?  

Speakers: William J. Andrews (Counsel for the Halalt First Nation); Christopher Devlin (Counsel for West Moberly First Nations); Peter Grant (Counsel for the Office of the Wet’suwet’en); Greg McDade (Counsel for Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council).  

This webinar qualified for 1.5 hours CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia.

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT

 

Legal Ethics in Public Interest Non-Profit Practice

What ethical and practice management issues face a public interest lawyer working for a non-profit organization?  How are those issues different from, and similar to, those faced by lawyers in a more conventional practice, or in government?  Lawyers Scott Bernstein (Pivot), Kasari Govender (West Coast LEAF) and Josh Paterson (West Coast Environmental Law) discussed their practice with their respective organizations, and the ethical and professional issues that they encounter working on public interest matters.

This webinar was directed at lawyers working for public interest organizations, but we also welcomed lawyers with a special interest in social justice and environmental issues.

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST

 

Our Coast, Our Decision: Maximizing Your Impact at the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel Hearings

You signed up to make an oral statement at the Joint Review Panel Hearings happening in BC in 2012 regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. That's great! Now what? If you've never been to one of these kind of community hearings before and are not sure what to expect, this webinar may help to answer your questions. In this free one hour session, we will go over what a Joint Review Panel Hearing is and what you can expect. In addition, we'll go over some of the ways that you can make yourself heard effectively on this issue. And if you're looking for more background information on the issue, we can point you toward some great resources.

This webinar was co-presented by West Coast Environmental Law, Dogwood Initiative, ForestEthics, Friends of Wild Salmon, Living Oceans Society, and Sierra Club BC.