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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Our work to oppose the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) is grounded in upholding Indigenous rights, fighting climate change, and preventing the devastating local impacts of an oil spill.

No matter where we come from, most of us want to care for the coast and ocean and the wildlife that call them home, and to leave a more abundant future for those to come.

In July, Canada released a discussion paper outlining options and considerations for establishing a cap on oil and gas sector emissions, as part of its strategy for reaching its 2030 reductions target and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The discussion paper follows an announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau at the 26th United Nations climate summit in 2021 that Canada would impose a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector.

Vancouver’s ‘Sue Big Oil’ decision last month generated some loud controversy.

In 2020 the Old Growth Strategic Review (OGSR) panel released their recommendation for overarching legislation on biodiversity and ecosystem health.

The world has been seeing some alarming trends in food and nutrition security, and Canada is no exception.

West Coast really lucked out this year with our incredible cohort of summer law students!

Standing under the towering presence of a 600+ year old being, a hushed awe permeates the group. As we silently recognize the magnificence of this life form, I suspect I am not the only one who longs to hear the stories this tree carries.

Marine protected areas, or MPAs for short, are areas of the ocean that provide protection from harmful human activities and exploitation.

This blog originally appeared in Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, where West Coast Executive Director and Senior Counsel Jessica Clogg is a regular columnist.