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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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Handshake over image of oil refinery
July 21, 2021

In recent years, oil and gas companies have tried desperately to “clean up” their images in relation to the environment by referencing policies like carbon taxes or the shift to natural gas as part of the effort to fight climate change.

Collage graphic with images of heatwave, wildfire and flooded road with sandbags
July 9, 2021

We feel, in the wake of this year’s heat wave and the loss of the Village of Lytton to wildfire, that the BC government needs to do much more – much more urgently – to protect our communities from climate change.

Sign on storefront in Ashcroft BC with text "Closed due to extreme heat"
July 9, 2021

With BC coming out of the worst heat wave in … well, probably ever, with the Village of Lytton burnt to the ground and the prospect of more wildfires over the summer, let’s ask the question: what should our government be doing to keep us safe from climate change?

Textured orange map of so called Canada
July 1, 2021

**TRIGGER WARNING** - This post discusses colonial violence, residential schools

With renewed calls to #CancelCanadaDay resounding across the country, some of West Coast’s team members shared their reflections this July 1st.

 

RELAW team members walk by the river during a retreat (Photo: Shelby Lindley)
June 21, 2021

**TRIGGER WARNING**

I am a staff lawyer at West Coast and I work with our Access to Justice and RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) Programs. I am a mother, I am a daughter, and I am the granddaughter of Lottie and Isaac Lindley, who both attended the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Secwépemc Territory. I also work in the building and my office is #215.

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.

Thaidene Nëné Guardian on the water (Photo: Pat Kane)
June 15, 2021

“Our ancestors knew that their survival depended on clean water and taking only what was needed. Indigenous peoples lived by the natural laws of the land and waters, and that allowed our societies to thrive.” - Bev Sellars, Elder and former chief, Xat’sull Nation

June 11, 2021

West Coast’s climate team was talking recently with an Environmental Coordinator with a BC local government when she mentioned – almost casually, although she was clearly upset – that most of the funding that her community has for climate change adaptation and planning had disappeared for next year.

June 1, 2021

This World Oceans Day, let’s create a wave of momentum for a Blueprint for the Coast 

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