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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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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.

March 17, 2020

To say that Teck’s Frontier Mine was controversial is an understatement.

March 13, 2020

A regional assessment of offshore oil and gas activities in Newfoundland and Labrador is setting a dangerous precedent for decisions about resource projects here in British Columbia.

March 11, 2020

When I hear about the arrest of peaceful land protectors, I think about all the times I’ve heard that colonialism happened “a long time ago.” This is 2019. It never ended.

Seton Lake
March 11, 2020

Hello, my name is Helen Copeland. I am a descendent of the P’egp’ig’lha (frog) people, from T’ít’q’et community, one of eleven Indigenous communities that make up St’át’imc Nation. T’ít’q’et is approximately 250 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, BC. 

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