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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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July 22, 2010

We received the following as press release this morning.

July 5, 2010

On Friday (July 2nd) the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency released the assessment report prepared in respect of the

June 21, 2010

In March the West Moberly First Nation won a precedent setting victory in the BC Supreme Court for the threatened Burnt Pine caribou herd – putting the brakes on a coal mine being developed in the herd’s critical habitat.  This cou

June 10, 2010

By Justin Basinger and Dyna Tuytel, Legal Interns, West Coast Environmental Law

June 5, 2010

Imagine criticizing a development or asking for changes to a law and getting sued by a large corporation with high priced lawyers and deep pockets.  Even if you did absolutely nothing wrong, fighting the lawsuit could bankrupt you.  Sound intimidating?  That’s the point of lawsuits intended to silence public debate – known by the acronym SLAPPs,

April 25, 2010

Last week (April 20th), the federal government (as represented by Todd Gerhart of the Department of Justice - DOJ) announced that it would lay charges against the fish farm company, Marine Harvest, as a result of a private prosecution laid against the company by Alexandra Morton.  I’m not going to review the facts of the case, which have been se

March 18, 2010

The Honourable Mr.

January 25, 2010

Alexandra Morton’s constitutional challenge to BC’s fish farm laws just keeps getting better.  Justice Hinkson today has effectively created a moratorium on new fish farms and fish farm expansion in BC for

January 3, 2010

A Residential Tenancy Branch decision, released on December 28th, 2009, has ordered a New Westminster landlord to pay $11,950 to the residents of two apartments for illegally spraying pesticides in their apartment building. 

December 15, 2009

Well everyone else had one, and we just felt left out…