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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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.

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?

On 26 March 2021 the BC Government unveiled “sectoral targets” – a range of emissions reductions that different sectors of the BC Economy will (if all goes according to plan) meet by 2030.

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

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

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

Niché sur une route tranquille à l'extérieur de Port Alberni, dans la petite communauté de Beaver Creek sur l'île de Vancouver, se trouve un établissement unique, dirigé par des Autochtones. La mission de cet établissement est d'aider les personnes et les familles à guérir leurs traumatismes et leurs dépendances.

Tucked away on a quiet road outside of Port Alberni, in the small Vancouver Island community of Beaver Creek, lies a unique, Indigenous-led facility focused on helping individuals and families heal from trauma and addictions.

Soon, your Member of Parliament will debate whether to move forward with the National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism Act (Bill C-230). This is a chance that Canada cannot afford to miss.

When the Canadian government pledged to make the country’s greenhouse gas emissions net zero by 2050, followed a year later by a similar pledge from BC’s government, it was widely interpreted as an ambitious climate target.