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In June 2021, the West Coast Environmental Law Association, West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation, and the West Coast Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund Society (West Coast Environmental Law or WCEL) were advi

Author: Jessica Clogg - Executive Director
Publication Date: July 2021
Pages: 17

Brief to the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on the strengths and areas for improvement of Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, submitted by West Coast Environmental Law Association, Climate Action Network Canada, Equiterre and

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: June 2021

Brief to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on how to strengthen Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, Ecojustice, Climate Action Network Canada, Équiterre
Publication Date: May 2021
Pages: 9
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How does Bill C-12, the proposed Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, stack up to leading thinking on how to ensure Canada does its fair share in the global effort to avoid a catastrophic climate crisis?

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 4

Canada has missed every greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction target that has been set prior to its 2030 target. In order to meet our obligations to address climate change, a legal framework is needed to ensure accountability.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2020
Pages: 44

With a federal election approaching this fall, Canada’s political parties are preparing their climate platforms.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2019
Pages: 16

Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, is about protecting a remote an ecologically important place from the introduction of a risk that does not currently exist there, namely the introduction of bulk crude oil tanker traffic.

Author: Gavin Smith
Publication Date: April 2019
Pages: 12

BC communities face a rising tide of climate costs. Prior to the 2018 municipal election, West Coast Environmental Law has produced Climate Law In Our Hands: A Resource for Local Government Candidates.

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer, Anjali Appadurai, Climate Communications Specialist
Publication Date: September 2018
Pages: 16

In July 2018, the federal government published a discussion paper, “Developing a Strategic Assessment of Climate Change,” which proposes key processes and questions to guide an assessment of how to better consider climate in environmental assessments.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer, Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: September 2018
Pages: 7

This report, released by a coalition of leading Canadian environmental organizations, measures the federal government’s progress toward meeting its platform and mandate commitments on environmental issues across the country.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: May 2018
Pages: 65

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