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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.

Photocredit: BC Govt - FarmFolkCityFolk
May 6, 2020

Exploring some federal and provincial frameworks that could guide stimulus in the wake of COVID-19 to support a more food-secure future

May 5, 2020

This pandemic is a stark reminder of how our economies and societies are interdependent, and how the well-being of humans, other living beings, and ecosystems, are deeply connected. Only a healthy planet can support healthy people.

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.

Skagit Environmental Endowment Committee members with Joe Foy of the Wilderness Committee and BC Ministers (Photos: Alex Hsuan Tsui/WC, Tim Gage)
April 22, 2020

Earth Day is a time for us to reflect on all that our planet has given to us and to celebrate those who have worked tirelessly to strengthen our relationship with the environment.

Earth Day 1970 (Photo: University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability)
April 22, 2020

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of first Earth Day in 1970, here’s a look at what things looked like then and now.

Legal action to stop Heathrow Third Runway (Photo: Stay Grounded via Flickr)
April 22, 2020

For Earth Week our climate program is celebrating three recent international wins that show what litigation and the law can do to protect our climate.

April 21, 2020

More and more Canadians are living in cities, and these days we’re spending a lot more time there. But we don’t have to escape the city to connect with nature.

Young tree (Pixabay)
April 21, 2020

In 1972, two years after the alarm bell of the first Earth Day, law professor Christopher Stone made the case for legal rights for nature in Should Trees Have Standing?

Coastal Guardian Watchmen (Photo: Georgia Lloyd-Smith)
April 20, 2020

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) – areas protected by Indigenous nations as part of inherent responsibilities to care for their territories – provide places of refuge and healing.

Photo credit Jennifer Houghton
April 14, 2020

Flooding in 2017 and 2018 displaced thousands of British Columbians. Families in the Okanagan, Boundary and Kootenay regions saw their homes flooded, belongings washed away as they struggled to stay safe.

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