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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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Wrong Way Sign - AB Tar Sands
October 15, 2017

Road sign along the route of the Tar Sands Healing Walk, Treaty 6 Territory, Alberta, 2014. (Photo: Eugene Kung)

Kispiox River (Photo: Jessica Clogg)
October 15, 2017

West Coast Environmental Law recently published a report called Paddling Together: Co-Governance Models for Regional Cumulative Effects Management.

Photo: Neil Ever Osborne
October 15, 2017

Even a quick glance at the daily headlines of any paper or newsfeed makes it pretty clear that we are subject to a continuous torrent of disputes over resource development and the risks it presents to ecosystems and human communities.

RELAW: Living our Indigenous Laws Screenshot
September 17, 2017

As the project lead for the RELAW Project (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water), I often reflect upon the importance of our work – especially this summer, as I was feeling the effects of the wildfires in BC, hearing about the floods i

Enbridge hearing, Hartley Bay BC (Photo: Sarah Reid)
August 17, 2017

With an August 28, 2017 deadline for final submissions on its Environmental and Regulatory Reviews Discussion Paper fast approaching, the federal government is

Indigenous Circle of Elders gathering
August 15, 2017

Last month, I attended a gathering to discuss Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs), co-hosted by the Bear River First Nation in Mi’kmaw territory.

2017 Summer Law Students
August 15, 2017

West Coast's 2017 Summer Law Students (left-right): Don Couturier, Nico McKay, Mari Galloway, Karyn Leslie, Matt Hammer.

Loons on Tzetan Biny (Fish Lake)
August 14, 2017

B.C.’s new government is already seeing proof that it made the right move when it committed to reform environmental assessment and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Colonialism 150 logo by Eric Ritskes
June 28, 2017

It's a beautiful morning and I'm walking in my small Gulf Island community with my wee grandson. Birds chirping, flowers blooming, wee grandson cooing. It's all open-hearted love and happiness as I push the baby stroller through the island's downtown area, sometimes pausing to play with the wee one's impossibly soft feet.

June 20, 2017

West Coast is proud to ally with the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN) in their use of their own laws to determine the future of Pípsell (also known as Jacko Lake and environs), a sacred area threatened by the proposed open pit Ajax mine.