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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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Rocky shore with seaweed, Prince Rupert BC
October 4, 2021

With Election 2021 behind us, the Liberal Party of Canada is now beginning its third term in office with another minority government.

West Coast has reviewed the party’s ocean commitments in its election platform and assessed how they measure against the work that needs to be done. We identified a few glaring holes, many important and encouraging commitments, and several high-level statements whose effectiveness will depend on the details.

March 25, 2021

The federal government has an over-promising problem, and it’s doing more harm than good.

February 8, 2021

Lately, my colleague Georgia Lloyd-Smith and I have been thinking a lot about the Site C dam.

Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) in Tsilhqot'in territory (Photo: Jenna Dunsby)
January 21, 2021

When a mine has been denied approval not once, but twice by the federal government, roundly rejected by the Indigenous nation in whose territory it is proposed, when the company’s legal appeals have been unsuccessful, and its provincial approval is one week away from expiring, one might fairly conclude that the project is dead.

August 18, 2020

This August, BC residents marked yet another dismal anniversary since the Mount Polley Mine disaster. It has now been six years since the mine’s tailings dam collapsed, spilling almost 25 million cubic metres of toxic mine waste into surrounding waterways and Quesnel Lake.

Photo credit: Lauri Sten
July 6, 2020

Here at West Coast, we rarely take on lawsuits – instead, we aim to protect the environment through building stronger environmental laws, bridging Canadian and Indigenous law, and empowering communities to harness the law for a more just and sustainable future.

Masset Inlet, Haida Gwaii (Photo: Dru! via Flickr Creative Commons)
April 29, 2020

Last week, a barge belonging to Taan Forest spilled 4,500 litres of diesel into Dinan Bay (Diinan Kahlii) in Masset Inlet.

March 13, 2020

A regional assessment of offshore oil and gas activities in Newfoundland and Labrador is setting a dangerous precedent for decisions about resource projects here in British Columbia.

March 3, 2020

Despite having one the largest coastal and marine areas in North America, many people will be surprised to hear that British Columbia is one of the very few coastal jurisdictions on the continent that does not have a coastal protection strategy and law.

Coastal storm, Vancouver Island (Photo: Harold via Flickr)
September 25, 2019

This week a special subgroup of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) spoke out about the state of the world’s oceans and coasts. The facts are worrying – sea levels are rising, marine species hover on the brink of extinction, and ocean water quality is deteriorating.

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