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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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September 5, 2019

H̓aíkḷa: To make things right – An opportunity for change

First Nations announce a new round of TMX legal challenges (Photo: Eugene Kung)
August 21, 2019

The federal cabinet’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Project (“TMX” or “the Project”) on June 18, 2019 was hardly shocking news.

Water testing
August 21, 2019

The fifth anniversary of the Mount Polley Mine Disaster has come and gone.

Climate Change Election Advertising Warning
August 20, 2019

It sounded like something out of Orwell’s 1984: the Canadian media reported that Elections Canada had indicated that charities and non-profits who speak out about climate change could be considered “pa

Law Students Whitney Vicente, Isabelle Lefroy, Jessie Schwarz and Christopher Mottershead
August 20, 2019

As summer draws to a close, West Coast is saying goodbye to another cohort of dedicated summer law students who have contributed to our legal programs over the past few months. Each year we host a new group of lawyers-to-be, who assist greatly with legal research, developing educational resources, legal aid support and more.

Photo Credit: Zug Zwang
August 8, 2019

Marine protected areas (MPAs) come in many shapes and sizes, and are created under a welter of different laws.

Photo Credit: Alessandra Giansante
July 17, 2019

The response to plastic needs to be drastic!

Imagine it’s summertime, and you’re having a backyard barbeque with some friends. You have some beers, a little something sizzling on the grill and maybe some fresh seafood. Sounds enticing, right?

One Earth One Vote graphic - canoe
July 17, 2019

This election, who we vote for matters more than ever. Not just for our country, but for our children’s future and the health of our planet.

photo by: W. Writer
July 16, 2019

Zero charges, one recent conviction, two overdue reports – the numbers tell the story on fish habitat protection law enforcement in Canada

Vancouver Council heard before voting to hold fossil fuel companies accountable
July 15, 2019

The last week in June was a big week for those of us who would like to see BC communities hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the costs of climate change.