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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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August 17, 2021

I didn’t need the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to release their latest climate assessment report to know that climate change is here now, or that it will only get worse. Did you?

Collage graphic with images of heatwave, wildfire and flooded road with sandbags
July 9, 2021

We feel, in the wake of this year’s heat wave and the loss of the Village of Lytton to wildfire, that the BC government needs to do much more – much more urgently – to protect our communities from climate change.

Sign on storefront in Ashcroft BC with text "Closed due to extreme heat"
July 9, 2021

With BC coming out of the worst heat wave in … well, probably ever, with the Village of Lytton burnt to the ground and the prospect of more wildfires over the summer, let’s ask the question: what should our government be doing to keep us safe from climate change?

June 11, 2021

West Coast’s climate team was talking recently with an Environmental Coordinator with a BC local government when she mentioned – almost casually, although she was clearly upset – that most of the funding that her community has for climate change adaptation and planning had disappeared for next year.

BC map with rain cloud and fire icons
February 17, 2021

The Earth’s long-term average temperature has risen by a little more than 1°C since 1880, when reliable temperature records began.

Flooding, wildfire smoke and landslide
January 20, 2021

In a year marked by a pandemic, sweeping public health restrictions and major shifts in our everyday lives – as well as more local disasters which give us a taste of what climate change will bring – there are many lessons to be learned.

Photo Credit: BC Government Flickr
July 13, 2020

It’s been encouraging to see reports that three federal ministers have been leading internal discussions about “green” COVID-19 stimulus funding for infrastructure: the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Three is nice, but four would be better. Wouldn’t it be great to see the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, at the table?

Build Back Better BC (Image: WCEL video)
May 19, 2020

“Looking back, the COVID-19 deaths and lockdown were awful. But thank goodness that we seized the opportunity to rebuild our economy and communities in ways that improved our province – made us safer, more sustainable and prosperous. Life is better now.”
– A voice from 2030

After COVID-19, let's build BC back better – in ways that fight climate change, inequality & injustice. 

Ashcroft Flooding - May 2020 (Photo: Julia Kidder)
May 13, 2020

An update from a unique flood season in Ashcroft, BC, on the territories of the Nlaka'pamux and Secwépemc Nations.

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