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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.

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April 20, 2022

This joint op-ed was originally published in the Globe & Mail on April 14, 2022.

Graphic showing a row of homes on a background of industrial pollution
April 19, 2022

Environmental racism is a widespread problem in Canada, affecting many Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities across the country.

March 10, 2022

The federal government is preparing to introduce its 2022 budget, considering funding decisions that will have major implications on Canada’s ability to address key environmental and social justice priorities in the coming years.

January 5, 2022

The start of a New Year is a time for reflection as much as it is a time for celebration.

2021 flooding in the Fraser Valley, formerly Semá:th Lake (Photo: Tamsin Lyle, Ebbwater Consulting)
December 15, 2021

The telling of true stories is necessary to remember our collective history across the globe. Specifically, this has become clear in recent discussions about the abundant life of Semá:th Lake (also known as Sumas Lake) in the Fraser Valley of BC, which once “reached from Chilliwack into Washington State.”

Rocky shore with seaweed, Prince Rupert BC
October 4, 2021

With Election 2021 behind us, the Liberal Party of Canada is now beginning its third term in office with another minority government.

West Coast has reviewed the party’s ocean commitments in its election platform and assessed how they measure against the work that needs to be done. We identified a few glaring holes, many important and encouraging commitments, and several high-level statements whose effectiveness will depend on the details.

Workers installing solar panels with text overlay: "One Voice. One Earth. One Vote."
August 26, 2021

This election, vote for a healthier, more just and sustainable future.

March 11, 2021

Soon, your Member of Parliament will debate whether to move forward with the National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism Act (Bill C-230). This is a chance that Canada cannot afford to miss.

2020 Year in Review (Image: Black-capped chickadee on branch)
December 30, 2020

This year will live in our memory as one of surprises, uncertainty, kindness, and the power of community.

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