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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

Photo credit: Coast Protectors
July 1, 2020

By Rayanna Seymour-Hourie – on Canada’s 153rd birthday

January 15, 2020

In the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1996 decision in R v Van Der Peet, Justice Beverley McLachlin[1] famously made reference to a “golden

Photo Credit: BC Government Flickr
November 13, 2019

The excitement and anticipation from the public viewing gallery at BC’s legislature was palpable.

Wet'suwet'en Solidarity rally in Vancouver, Jan. 2019 (Photo: Eugene Kung)
January 16, 2019

The world watched last week as an armed RCMP force entered Wet’suwet’en territory without their consent and arrested 14 people.

Fin Whale by Tavish Campbell
March 29, 2018

Has the north coast oil tanker ban stalled in Parliament?

Whanganui River View
March 22, 2018

On March 20th, 2017, the New Zealand government enacted legislation recognizing the Whanganui River as a legal person, holding rights and responsibilities equivalent to a person.

Sockeye salmon school (Photo: Tavish Campbell)
March 20, 2018

As neighbouring US jurisdictions like Washington State move to ban fish farming on the Pacific coast and ‘Namgis First Nation

Whose Pipeline Is It Anyway?
January 16, 2018

“Politicians grant the permits, but communities grant permission.” – Justin Trudeau

Nass River waterfall (Photo: Darren Kirby)
November 1, 2017

Canada’s plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will necessitate substantial changes to how we make decisions affecting water.