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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
August 28, 2019

Legislation loses points for regulations that exempt high-carbon projects from review

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
August 1, 2019

OTTAWA — The Canadian government has surpassed its commitment to protect at least 10 per cent of its oceans before 2020. This achievement is the result of significant collaboration between Indigenous communities, the Canadian government, conservation organizations, communities and industries.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
July 4, 2019

VICTORIA/VANCOUVER, BC - As Taseko Mines once again attempts to force its way with an injunction to start drilling in Tŝilhqot’in ancestral

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Lands & Forests
June 21, 2019

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER – Late yesterday evening Senators voted to pass Bill C-69, which contains important changes to Canada’s laws pertaining to impact assessment, energy regulation, and protection of navigable waters.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
June 20, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – Environmental lawyers welcome the news that Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, has passed a final vote in the Senate and will become law.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
June 19, 2019

Environmental and conservation groups respond to modernized Fisheries Act

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Fish & Wildlife, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
June 17, 2019

Government rejects Senate amendment that would add unneeded re-assessment of the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
June 12, 2019

Motion tabled in House of Commons today would restore key safeguards Canadians voted for in 2015, environmental lawyers say

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy
June 4, 2019

OTTAWA – Over 90 per cent of Canadians support the call to protect 30 per cent of the country’s oceans by 2030, according to a survey released today by Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, West Coast Environmental Law and World Wildlife Fund Canada.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Marine Protection, Protected Areas, Great Bear Sea
May 27, 2019

Federal bill renewing Canada’s Oceans Act receives Royal Assent

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
May 24, 2019

Canada’s top court will be called on to resolve constitutionality of BC’s proposed law

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
May 16, 2019

Unelected Senate must honour government commitment to a B.C. North Coast oil tanker moratorium, groups say

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Protected Areas, Great Bear Sea, Green Communities, Coastal Communities
May 10, 2019

OTTAWA - Members of the Senate committee reviewing Bill C-69 have unleashed a tsunami of 240 amendments that threaten to destroy the integrity of the bill, say environmental groups.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
May 7, 2019

Williams Lake, Secwepemc Territory – Andrew Gage, a staff lawyer from West Coast Environmental Law, is attending this week’s North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) meeting to hear firsthand how wildfires and other climate-related impacts have affected northern communities – and how th

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands, Community Climate Adaptation, Climate Solutions
May 7, 2019

Ottawa, Ont.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Climate and Energy, Marine Protection

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