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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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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.

Federal environmental laws passed (graphic)
July 3, 2019

Law reform is our specialty at West Coast Environmental Law.  We work at all levels of government to transform the legal landscape and strengthen the laws that affect land, air and water.

Indigenous leaders' press conference after TMX re-approval (Photo: Eugene Kung)
June 27, 2019

The latest cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline came less than a day after the federal government declared a climate emergency.

Photo Credit: Steven Godfrey
June 21, 2019
Support a motion to make fossil fuel polluters pay a share of local climate costs

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Tell Vancouver Council to vote next week to hold Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other global fossil fuel companies responsible for a share of Vancouver’s climate costs.

Aerial photograph of adult female Southern Resident killer whale J16 with her calf (J50) in 2015, when the calf was in its first year of life. Photo credit: John Durban (NOAA Fisheries), Holly Fearnbach (SR3) and Lance Barrett-Lennard (Vancouver Aquarium)
June 20, 2019

Canada’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline project this week is a glaring reminder that the endangered orcas of the Salish Sea may still go extinct. People concerned about a southern resident killer whale population that has dipped to 76 should keep fighting this bad decision, which could push these beloved orcas over the edge.

Photo Credit: Ecowaste Philippines
June 18, 2019

Photo: Ecowaste Coalition of the Philippines

This is a guest post by Kathleen Ruff, Director of With support from our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF), Kathleen sought a legal opinion to determine whether Canada’s refusal to bring back Canadian wastes exported to the Philippines violated international law.

Photo Credit: Alana Paterson
June 4, 2019

Efforts to protect BC’s northern coast go back half a century and are not to be taken lightly as the Senate considers killing Bill C-48.

Photo credit: A. Wright
May 29, 2019

At Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald famously referred to Canada’s Senate as a chamber of sober second thought. One, he said, that “will never set itself in opposition against the deliberate and understood wishes of the people.”

Sir John A. should be turning in his grave.

Delegates at the NCLGA conference (Photo: Andrew Gage)
May 15, 2019

My work to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for local climate costs, through our Climate Law in our Hands initiative, has provoked strong reactions.

Price pollution: Our kids are worth it (Background photo: Billy Wilson via Flickr)
May 15, 2019

May 3rd, 2019 was a great day for climate action.