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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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November 15, 2014

WCEL turns 40

This year, West Coast Environmental Law is proud to celebrate our 40th anniversary and the many accomplishments the organization has achieved over the past four decades.

July 7, 2014

Governments and businesses rely heavily on the advice of professionals on a wide range of environmental, resource management and land use planning decisions.

May 20, 2014

Thank you to everyone who spoke up to oppose Bill 24 – the proposed Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014.  Your voices played an important role in slowing the progress of this bill and in convincing the

May 19, 2014
Salish Sea. Photo credit: Flickr user fletcherjcm
April 10, 2014

We’ve just learned that Kinder Morgan has received an illegal park use permit from the BC government to allow it to research pipeline routes through 5 of BC’s parks and protected areas.

April 3, 2014

It’s generally bad news for the environment & democracy when the government rewrites laws at the request of an industry.  But when it comes to provincial parks, the BC government has gone one step further, and actually has an official policy setting out how industry should go about proposing legislative amendments.  It’s called the

February 19, 2014

A guest Environmental Law Alert from Friends of Pioneer Forest

In June 2012 word went around our community that Pioneer Forest which was currently owned by School District #68 and leased for a park by the City of Nanaimo was going to be sold.

Pioneer Forest

February 13, 2014

The BC Parks Service says that the provincial parks and conservancies are a “public trust” for the “protection of natural environments for the inspiration, use and enjoyment of the public.” These noble sentiments are difficult to square with

February 5, 2014

Tuesday night (February 4th) the City of Chilliwack passed a bylaw intended to allow the development of a

October 29, 2013

The government is currently consulting on bylaws that would continue to allow cosmetic pesticide use, as long as commercial lawn care companies or other licensed applicators apply the pesticides.  British Columbians have repeatedly called for a ban on pesticides used for cosmetic purposes, and the government needs to hear that message again.