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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

January 19, 2021

On December 17, 2020, Bernadette Jordan, the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced that open-net salmon farm licences in the Discovery Islands would be phased out by June 30, 2022.

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.

November 25, 2020

In the coming days, BC Premier John Horgan will appoint his cabinet.

November 23, 2020

Ignorance is bliss, they say. While this may be true for some things, British Columbia should not be feeling that way about the deterioration of our coastal ecosystems.

November 18, 2020

Indigenous peoples, including the Mi’kmaq, have been on Turtle Island for millennia, living in complex societies, sustainably governing their territories and ‘resources’, including fisheries.

November 16, 2020

What a strange year 2020 has been. We are grateful to our supporters who have been able to continue supporting our work as we all come together (by staying apart!) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Working together to raise money for charities is one of the ways we, as colleagues, can give back our communities. 

BC Election Platforms Word Clouds
October 16, 2020

With just over a week to go until election day, are you reading the election platforms of BC’s main parties?

October 15, 2020

British Columbia is in the middle of an election and the three main parties have recently released their election platforms (NDP,

September 9, 2020

As Canada’s Parliament returns to session this fall, we must make sure that a green and just recovery is the government’s top priority. We don’t have a moment to lose – big polluters have been busy lobbying for bailouts and exemptions from environmental rules. 

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