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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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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.

Line chart graphic - Canada's missed climate targets. Solution? Strengthen Bill C12
May 18, 2021

In November 2020, the federal government introduced new legislation to help ensure that Canada meets its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.

Stung book cover on honeycomb background
April 21, 2021

This month, we spoke with BC-based novelist William Deverell about his new book, Stung – the latest political-legal thriller in his popular series following lawyer Arthur Beauchamp.

April 14, 2021

Canada has missed every single greenhouse gas emissions reduction target that is has ever set. Ever. From targets set in Kyoto in 1997, to Copenhagen in 2009 – and we are nowhere close to on track to achieve our 2030 Paris target set in 2015.

March 31, 2021

Pop quiz: Who recently blamed Alberta and Saskatchewan for Canada failing to meet its international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol?

March 25, 2021

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

Silhouette women and girls on industrial landscape
March 17, 2021

Trigger warning: this blog addresses sensitive and potentially difficult subject matter, as well as sexist and racist commentary

Alberta Foothills (Photo: AutumnSkyPhotography)
March 17, 2021

Why we want informed environmental decision-making, and why the word ‘veto’ is unhelpful

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