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October 18, 2017

OTTAWA – A coalition of environmental groups will host a reception and panel discussion next week to discuss vital reforms needed to strengthen environmental assessment in Canada.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
October 18, 2017

OTTAWA - Leading environmental organizations, Indigenous nations and prominent people in Canada are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and the federal government to restore protection for 99% of all lakes and rivers in Canada.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Healthy Waters
October 13, 2017

VICTORIA, BC – Last night the City of Victoria voted nearly unanimously to send a "Climate Accountability Letter" to 20 of the world's largest fossil fuel companies, asking the companies to pay their share of the municipality's climate costs.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
October 12, 2017

Time is running out to fend off extinction

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
October 11, 2017

Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Today environmental leaders from across Canada will converge at ground zero for the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers project, on the water in Burrard Inlet.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
October 6, 2017

Unceded Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver BC - British Columbians deserve the same federal climate review for the Kinder Morgan pipeline project as was promised for Energy East, says a diverse group of BC First Nations, local groups and citizens.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
October 3, 2017

SMITHERS, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Today a broad range of groups including northerners, Indigenous organizations, local governments, labour unions and environmental groups, are sending a strong message of support for Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Protected Areas, Great Bear Sea
September 28, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Canada’s plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will require substantial changes in how we make decisions affecting water, according to a

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Healthy Waters, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
August 15, 2017

VICTORIA, BC – Last night the Council of the District of Saanich voted unanimously (7-0) to send a “Climate Accountability Letter” to 20 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies, asking the companies to pay their share of the municipality’s climate costs.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
August 10, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – The BC government has revealed a series of steps aimed at defending the coast and communities from the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project, with a focus on ensuring that the Province meets its constitutional obligations to consult and accommodate In

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
July 13, 2017

VICTORIA, BC – The West Coast Environmental Law Association applauds the District of Highlands, a Southern Vancouver Island municipality, for sending a “Climate Accountability Letter” to 20 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
June 30, 2017

Fifty years ago, on the centennial of confederation, Chief Dan George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation said:

"Oh Canada, how can I celebrate with you this centenary, this hundred years?"

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law, RELAW
June 30, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Following the release of the federal government’s discussion paper 

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment
June 29, 2017

Proposed changes to Fisheries Act and National Energy Board encouraging, but environmental assessment and Navigation Protection Act reforms fall far short, say environmental lawyers

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
June 16, 2017

Proposed changes add some wind to the law’s sails; more needed for rough waters ahead

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
June 14, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – A new backgrounder released today by West Coast Environmental Law Association outlines concrete legal strategies that British Columbia could employ to stand up to Kinder Morgan and defend the environment, communities and the climate from the risks associa

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
May 29, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – The Tsleil-Waututh Nation has launched a new campaign targeting potential investors in the Kinder Morgan pipeline highlighting the legal and political risks of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline ahead of the company's IPO.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law
May 15, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories - The report released today by the Expert Panel on the Modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB) contains a mixed bag of recommendations to significantly overhaul Canada’s system for re

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment
May 12, 2017

VANCOUVER – Environmental lawyers are congratulating the federal government on the introduction in Parliament today of the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, which marks a critical step forward in efforts to protect the north Pacific coast from the risk of oil spills.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
May 4, 2017

Ottawa, ON – Today, 21 leading charities and non-profit organizations reacted to a new independent Expert Panel Report by requesting the federal government immediately table a bill to implement the recomm

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws
April 5, 2017

Environmental lawyers say Expert Panel report should be a floor, not a ceiling

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
March 20, 2017

Canadians show support for a new law and stronger environmental safeguards

Topics: Canada's Environmental Reviews
February 23, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association issued the following statement in response to today’s release of a report from the Standing C

January 24, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – More than 50 community groups from across BC  have signed onto an open letter arguing that fossil fuel companies owe BC communities for their fair share of the impacts of climate change.

Topics: Climate and Energy
January 10, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Today’s announcement to approve the risky Kinder Mountain Trans Mountain Expansion is a disappointing, but unsurprising betrayal for generations of British Columbians. The BC Government’s 37 conditions do nothing to mitigate the risks of the project.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers

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