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Environmental Law Alert Blog

Through our Environmental Law Alert blog, West Coast keeps you up to date on the latest developments and issues in environmental law. This includes:

  • proposed changes to the law that will weaken, or strengthen, environmental protection;
  • stories and situations where existing environmental laws are failing to protect the environment; and
  • emerging legal strategies that could be used to protect our environment.

If you have an environmental story that we should hear about, please e-mail Andrew Gage. We welcome your comments on any of the posts to this blog – but please keep in mind our policies on comments.

Photo credit: Lauri Sten
July 6, 2020

Here at West Coast, we rarely take on lawsuits – instead, we aim to protect the environment through building stronger environmental laws, bridging Canadian and Indigenous law, and empowering communities to harness the law for a more just and sustainable future.

Photo credit: Coast Protectors
July 1, 2020

By Rayanna Seymour-Hourie – on Canada’s 153rd birthday

June 24, 2020

In mid-April, as BC was ramping up its response to COVID-19, a wildfire burned through more than 200 hectares north of Squamish, leading to the evacuation of about 30 homes.

Chief Dalton Silver of Sumas First Nation speaking to media after recent oil spill (Photo: Rueben George)
June 16, 2020

On Friday June 12, the Trans Mountain pipeline spilled an estimated 190,000 litres of oil at the Sumas Pump Station near Abbotsford, BC. This is the 85th oil spill from the nearly 70-year-old pipeline, confirming the fears of many that oil spills are inevitable.

Antarctic Ocean iceberg (Photo: Kyle Mortara via Flickr Creative Commons)
June 8, 2020

Oil spills, plastic waste, sewage, dumping, ocean heating and acidification, overfishing, whaling, harmful fishing, anchoring, engine noise, pile driving, submarine cables, seismic surveys, offshore oil drilling and wind development, wave energy, container shipping, and cruise ships. If you were the ocean, wouldn’t you want a break?

Anti-racism Resources
June 5, 2020

The events of the past two weeks have forced people around the world to confront some uncomfortable truths about our society.

Great Bear Sea photos
May 19, 2020

The Great Bear Sea, also known as the Northern Shelf Bioregion on the north coast of BC, is an area of profound beauty, ecological diversity and cultural richness. Rich ecosystems support an abundance of life – from salmon, herring, humpback whales and orcas to seabirds, bears and wolves. 

Build Back Better BC (Image: WCEL video)
May 19, 2020

“Looking back, the COVID-19 deaths and lockdown were awful. But thank goodness that we seized the opportunity to rebuild our economy and communities in ways that improved our province – made us safer, more sustainable and prosperous. Life is better now.”
– A voice from 2030

After COVID-19, let's build BC back better – in ways that fight climate change, inequality & injustice. 

Ashcroft Flooding - May 2020 (Photo: Julia Kidder)
May 13, 2020

An update from a unique flood season in Ashcroft, BC, on the territories of the Nlaka'pamux and Secwépemc Nations.

Photocredit: BC Govt - FarmFolkCityFolk
May 6, 2020

Exploring some federal and provincial frameworks that could guide stimulus in the wake of COVID-19 to support a more food-secure future

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