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November 12, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia, Coast Salish Territories– (November 13, 2015) – A broad coalition of northerners, environmental groups and First Nations today applauded Prime Minister Trudeau for his act of leadership in directing Transport Minister Marc Garneau to formalize an oil tanker b

May 25, 2015

Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory: West Coast Environmental Law issued the following statement regarding today’s release by the Auditor General of her report Managing the Cumulative Effects of Natural Resource Development in BC

April 12, 2015

Vancouver.  Andrew Gage, Staff Counsel and head of the Climate Change program at the West Coast Environmental Law Association, commented on the BC Government announcement today that the

Topics: Climate and Energy
March 24, 2015

VANCOUVER – Legal organizations reacted today to the news that the provincial government has removed a problematic provision from its proposed new Society Act.

December 21, 2014

VANCOUVER, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES– The Federal Court of Canada has ruled that Canada failed to uphold its constitutional duties to the Mikisew Cree First Nation when it rammed through sweeping changes to federal environmental laws in 2012.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Indigenous Law
November 6, 2014


Topics: Indigenous Law
October 8, 2014


Topics: Climate and Energy
September 15, 2014

Vancouver.  West Coast Environmental Law is calling for nominations for the Dr. Andrew Thompson award.

September 1, 2014

VANCOUVER. Environmental lawyers have raised serious concerns over proposed new federal regulations that would allow aquaculture facilities to dump aquatic drugs, pesticides and fish waste into wild fish habitat with impunity.

August 20, 2014
Topics: Environmental Legal Aid
June 15, 2014

First Nations, 2 in 3 British Columbians deny Northern Gateway permission to proceed

Topics: Indigenous Law, Climate and Energy
June 14, 2014

Members of the press are invited to attend a joint announcement in Vancouver by a coalition of First Nations and ci

Topics: Indigenous Law, Climate and Energy
May 6, 2014

VANCOUVER. Leading environmental organizations are rejecting the British Columbia government proposal for forest tenure change that would increase the amount of land under the control of logging companies in the form of Tree Farm Licences.

Topics: Lands & Forests
April 24, 2014

Regulations allow ministers to blanket-authorize pollution in fish-bearing waters despite widespread opposition, say environmental lawyers

Topics: Canada's Environmental Reviews
April 14, 2014

Environmental lawyers say removal of an important oversight leaves environment and communities at risk

Topics: Canada's Environmental Reviews
March 24, 2014

VANCOUVER – Today Bill 4 (the Park Amendment Act) is set to become law, despite widespread opposition from the BC public and a consortium of leading environmental organizations and notable park advocates.

Topics: Lands & Forests
February 27, 2014

Vancouver.  West Coast Environmental Law today held Twitter Moot 2014 – an on-line court-appeal argued over Twitter and featuring law students from across Canada.  The winners of this unique social media event were Erin Gray and Mae Price of the University of Victoria.  The two tweeters were also

Topics: Indigenous Law
February 25, 2014

#Lawstudents argue court appeal on #mining & #indigenous rights in X-Canada #Twitter Contest on Feb 28th at 10am PST:

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Topics: Indigenous Law
February 16, 2014

VANCOUVER - Six of the largest environmental groups in B.C. joined together today to condemn a B.C. Government proposal to allow industry to carry out “research” within B.C.’s protected areas related to pipelines, transmission lines, roads and other industrial activities.

Topics: Lands & Forests
February 4, 2014

Victoria, B.C. – According to a recent poll by Justason Market Intelligence, nearly two-thirds of British Columbians (64 per cent) oppose Enbridge’s proposal to transport crude oil through B.C.'s northern inside coastal waters.

Topics: Canada's Environmental Reviews
November 27, 2013


Topics: Green Communities
November 24, 2013

Former fisheries ministers, scientists and public concerned changes will hurt fish and local economies

Topics: Canada's Environmental Reviews
November 13, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Thursday, November 14, 2013

October 17, 2013

Vancouver.  The West Coast Environmental Law Association responded to the Ministry of Environment’s release, today, of a legislative proposal for a new Water Sustainability Act.  The environmental law organization is encouraging British Columbians to press the provincial government for a strong A

September 18, 2013

New legal study makes case for reform

Topics: Lands & Forests