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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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October 20, 2013

Local government elections should be about communities discussing their problems, and electing people who will address those problems.  Making a home-made lawn-sign or printing a few leaflets should be a basic right. 

October 10, 2013

Recently the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) posted a video of a short talk that West Coast Staff Lawyer, Deborah Carlson, gave last June to their Climate Change Committee.  The talk, which is intended to be a firs

June 23, 2013

[Update - 4 Jul 2013 - Unfortunately the bee deaths in 2012 were apparently not a one time event, with reports that tens of millions of honey bees have died this summer in one town in Ontario, apparently due to exposure to neonicotinoid pesti

April 21, 2013

A Guest Post by Nazanine Parent, cancer survivor and Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon volunteer.  The West Coast Environmental Law Association has been working closely with the Ca

March 27, 2013

This week and next week seem to be the official launch of the Environmental Law Centre’s Maintaining Supernatural BC for our Children.  On Tuesday I joined ELC Legal Director, Calvin Sandborn, and another contributo

March 10, 2013

When is a municipality not a municipality? 

When no one lives there. 


February 20, 2013

On Wednesday, Feb 20th, the Provincial Government issued a press release stating (among other things) that it was introducing changes to BC’s Integrated Pest Management Act (hat tip to Kathryn Seeley at the Canadian Cancer Society for directin

November 7, 2012

A new resource from West Coast Environmental Law

June 19, 2012

Denmark, and in particular Copenhagen, is the world’s poster-child for bicycle-friendly transportation.   But that’s partly because they have aggressive goals for what transportation should look like.  Have a look at Copenhagen’s Transportation Pyramid, which prioritizes biking and walking over all other modes of transportation.  My parents took

May 30, 2012

When a politician says that his report is about the science, and not about the politics, it’s probably wise to take that claim with a grain of salt.  That’s made crystal clear by two studies released in the last month about the risks of pesticides – one written by politicians, and the other by scientists.