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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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August 10, 2010

On July 26th Salmon Arm’s City Council voted to allow SmartCentres to build a major new shopping centre outside of the City’s core on environmentally sensitive land adjacent to the Salmon River.  That’s bad for the environment, and pr

July 21, 2010

It’s been four months since the end of provincial government consultations on the regulation of cosmetic pesticides (here's West Coast Environmental Law's

July 21, 2010

Last winter (from December to February 15th) the BC government held public consultations on “new statutory protections to further safeguard our environment from cosmetic chemical pesticides.”  The response was overwhelming.  As a

June 7, 2010

(Community Values Drive Responsible Waste and Resource Management)

June 2, 2010

Turns out that good top-soil is important not just for gardeners, but for city planners as well.  Topsoil can provide valuable water conservation management services for cities.

May 25, 2010

On May 18, the BC government announced that a mobile air quality monitoring station has arrived in Peace River Country.

April 14, 2010

If you live in Richmond then, from today (April 15th) until June 30th, you may see planes flying overhead, spraying you with a pesticide, known as Foray 48B, to attack Gypsy Moths that might be hiding in your backyard.  Foray 48B contains a naturally occurring bacter

March 30, 2010

Unless you keep a close eye on announcements from the US Department of Transportation, you may have missed, as I did, this announcement from US Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood:

March 29, 2010

Last week, BC’s Minister of Forests and Range, Pat Bell, announced the introduction of a new Zero Net Deforestation Act.  Minister Bell explained:

March 8, 2010

Last week I read this announcement of the launch of Transition Canada – a national network to facilitate transition towns in Canada.  I haven’t been able to find much further information about this new organization, but there have been