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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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Red, blue, green and orange word clouds on a cloudy sky background
September 14, 2021

Tired of reading complicated election platforms, struggling to figure out which party has your interests at heart? West Coast Environmental Law invites you to take a step back from the campaign rhetoric and look at some pretty pictures – word clouds to be precise – instead.

Oil pumpjacks behind red, blue, orange, green tinted stripes
September 13, 2021

The 2021 election campaign is finally bringing us debates about climate change and how to tackle it.

Workers installing solar panels with text overlay: "One Voice. One Earth. One Vote."
August 26, 2021

This election, vote for a healthier, more just and sustainable future.

Summer students in front of trees from bottom left clockwise: Jack Jones, Russell Chiong, Jenna Jeffrey & Rebekah Smith
August 16, 2021

With every summer at West Coast Environmental Law, our team gets the opportunity to work with a new slate of eager law students from BC and beyond. This year – amidst an ongoing pandemic and intensifying climate impacts – the students have had a unique experience as they dipped their toes into the world of environmental and Indigenous law.

Coal mine in Alberta with assessment icon in bottom corner (Background photo: bgsmith/Getty Images via Canva)
August 4, 2021

Coal’s harms are no secret. Thermal coal (burned to generate power) is the world’s largest source of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, and metallurgic (steelmaking) coal’s impacts on fisheries are well documented.

August 3, 2021

From protests to scientific analysis, old growth forests have been much in the news in British Columbia in recent months.

July 26, 2021

This month, as communities across BC and Canada have faced deadly extreme heat and devastating wildfires, West Coast Environmental Law and a number of other Canadian environmental organizations have been forced to redirect our staff time and energy to deal with another challenge – the Alberta Inquiry.  

Chief Marvin Yahey of Blueberry River First Nations speaks at a press conference outside the Law Courts (Photo: Trevor Leach/David Suzuki Foundation)
July 21, 2021

On June 29, 2021, Blueberry River First Nations (“Blueberry”) won a ground-breaking case that provides urgent legal direction to the Province to stop the “death by a thousand cuts” resulting from its disconnected, piecemeal approvals for activities like logging, oil and gas development, dams and mining, in order to respect the constitutionally-protected rights of Indigenous peoples.

RCMP officers hold a tarp to block the view of an arrest from reporters and the public while one officer directs a photographer to move back to a position where they cannot see beyond the tarp.
June 16, 2021

Old-growth logging in British Columbia is just as controversial today as when the “War of the Woods” hit international headlines in the 1990s. The way the RCMP is continuing to use legally-questionable “exclusion zones” to restrict access in the Fairy Creek area protests is fueling the public’s confusion about these important issues.

The Senate Standing Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources has been considering Bill C-12, the Canadian Net Zero Emissions Accountability Act
June 16, 2021

On June 9th I appeared as a witness before the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resource Committee to speak about Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act.