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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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Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) in Tsilhqot'in territory (Photo: Jenna Dunsby)
January 21, 2021

When a mine has been denied approval not once, but twice by the federal government, roundly rejected by the Indigenous nation in whose territory it is proposed, when the company’s legal appeals have been unsuccessful, and its provincial approval is one week away from expiring, one might fairly conclude that the project is dead.

Flooding, wildfire smoke and landslide
January 20, 2021

In a year marked by a pandemic, sweeping public health restrictions and major shifts in our everyday lives – as well as more local disasters which give us a taste of what climate change will bring – there are many lessons to be learned.

January 19, 2021

On December 17, 2020, Bernadette Jordan, the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced that open-net salmon farm licences in the Discovery Islands would be phased out by June 30, 2022.

Photo: Canva
January 18, 2021

The tabling of the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (Bill C-12) is a significant step for Canada on the road to net-zero emissions by 2050.

This is the first time that Canada's federal government has introduced legislation to hold itself and future governments accountable for reducing emissions.

Joe Biden (Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr Creative Commons)
January 15, 2021

United States President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris climate accord “on day one” of his administration and s

2020 Year in Review (Image: Black-capped chickadee on branch)
December 30, 2020

This year will live in our memory as one of surprises, uncertainty, kindness, and the power of community.

Candy canes and lumps of coal
December 22, 2020

It may be the season to be jolly, but December is apparently also the season for governments to unveil their plans for climate action. This month the federal and BC governments have unveiled major plans, reports, targets and discussion papers.

Graphic of half-empty water glass with globe partly submerged
November 27, 2020

In many ways Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, is the culmination of years of work for West Coast Environmental Law.

November 25, 2020

In the coming days, BC Premier John Horgan will appoint his cabinet.

November 23, 2020

Ignorance is bliss, they say. While this may be true for some things, British Columbia should not be feeling that way about the deterioration of our coastal ecosystems.