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July 29, 2021

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territories/VANCOUVER – The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and West Coast Environmental Law Association today warned that BC’s recent Heat Dome may have caused an estimated five to s

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Community Climate Adaptation, Climate Solutions, Green Communities, Coastal Communities, Green Infrastructure
June 29, 2021

BC’s unprecedented heatwave highlights urgent need for action under federal law passed today

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions
June 23, 2021

Thousands of projects escape assessment under federal law

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
June 23, 2021

OTTAWA, Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories — Environmental organizations Climate Action Network-Réseau Action Climat, Ecojustice, Équiterre, David Suzuki Foundation and West Coast Environmental Law Association celebrate the final vote in the House of Commons to adopt the Canadian Net-Ze

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions
June 22, 2021

Groups urge all MPs to support Bill C-230 in final House vote this fall

OTTAWA, Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People 

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws
June 11, 2021

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – With its new policy statemen

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy
June 10, 2021

Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA] - Environmental organizations Climate Action Network-Réseau Action Climat (CAN-Rac), Ecojustice, Équiterre, David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) and West Coast Environmental Law Association (WCELA) urge the House of Commons and Senate to move swiftly to

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions
May 5, 2021

Climate accountability bill needs significant improvement to achieve net-zero emissions, experts warn

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions
April 8, 2021

MONTREAL / OTTAWA / VANCOUVER - Five environmental organizations – Climate Action Network Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, Équiterre, Ecojustice and West Coast Environmental Law – are calling on federal parliamentarians to urgently prioritize the Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions
March 25, 2021

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – West Coast Environmental Law applauds today’s decision by the Supreme Court upholding Canada’s price on carbon pollution, which confirmed the responsibility of all levels of government to take action to address the climate crisi

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions, Environmental Legal Aid, EDRF Legal Aid Fund
March 24, 2021

Urgent need for national strategy and law to address environmental racism

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Green Communities, Environmental Legal Aid
February 26, 2021

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – West Coast Environmental Law is deeply disappointed by today’s decision by the BC government to continue construction on the Site C dam.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Environmental Legal Aid, EDRF Legal Aid Fund
February 19, 2021

The issue: Is it unconstitutional for Parliament to enact a law requiring federal assessments of the effects of major proposals such as coal mines and fossil fuel projects?

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
February 1, 2021

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, STAND.earth, WEST COAST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy
November 19, 2020

Lawyers say changes are needed for the law to show true climate leadership

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions
September 23, 2020

Environmental lawyers look for government to deliver on commitments to aggressive climate vision and plan

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Indigenous Law, Marine Protection, Green Communities
September 21, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – Jessica Clogg, West Coast Environmental Law’s Executive Director and Senior Counsel, made the following statement in response to Premier John Horgan’s announcement of an October 24th election:

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Green Communities
September 17, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association applauds the environment-related commitments made today by the BC government on COVID-19 recovery funding.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Green Communities
July 21, 2020

Please be advised that effective 1 August 2020, West Coast Environmental Law's office address will be changed. 

Telephone and fax numbers remain the same.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Indigenous Law, Marine Protection, Green Communities, Environmental Legal Aid, Legal Advice
July 16, 2020

OTTAWA, ON, Algonquin Anishnaabeg Territory – Environmental lawyers are welcoming improvements to the federal government’s Strategic Assessment of Climate Change (SACC), released today, but are also expressing frustration at its failure to establish an adequate “climate test” for assessing how in

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy
July 2, 2020

Environmental lawyers vow to fight on as Court denies leave for Indigenous legal challenges

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
February 27, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – Lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law are calling on the BC Liberal Caucus to correct misinformation aimed at undermining environmental organizations and lawful resistance to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in Wet’suwet’en territ

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Marine Protection, Environmental Legal Aid, EDRF Legal Aid Fund
December 10, 2019

Groups launch petition demanding full disclosure by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
November 25, 2019

Amending legislation passed in Bill C-69 or C-48 would diminish public trust, say enviro lawyers

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
October 24, 2019

VICTORIA, BC, Lekwungen Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association is celebrating today’s introduction of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, which will bring the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UN Declaration”) into provincial law.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law

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