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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.

2020 Canadian Law Blog Awards Winner

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.

August 3, 2021

From protests to scientific analysis, old growth forests have been much in the news in British Columbia in recent months.

Textured orange map of so called Canada
July 1, 2021

**TRIGGER WARNING** - This post discusses colonial violence, residential schools

With renewed calls to #CancelCanadaDay resounding across the country, some of West Coast’s team members shared their reflections this July 1st.

 

RELAW team members walk by the river during a retreat (Photo: Shelby Lindley)
June 21, 2021

**TRIGGER WARNING**

I am a staff lawyer at West Coast and I work with our Access to Justice and RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) Programs. I am a mother, I am a daughter, and I am the granddaughter of Lottie and Isaac Lindley, who both attended the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Secwépemc Territory. I also work in the building and my office is #215.

Thaidene Nëné Guardian on the water (Photo: Pat Kane)
June 15, 2021

“Our ancestors knew that their survival depended on clean water and taking only what was needed. Indigenous peoples lived by the natural laws of the land and waters, and that allowed our societies to thrive.” - Bev Sellars, Elder and former chief, Xat’sull Nation

May 19, 2021

All of us can benefit from respectfully learning about Indigenous stories on the territories we live, work and play on. Whether you are Indigenous or not, this blog is for you.

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.

February 8, 2021

Lately, my colleague Georgia Lloyd-Smith and I have been thinking a lot about the Site C dam.

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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