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Environmental Law Alert Blog

Through our Environmental Law Alert blog, West Coast keeps you up to date on the latest developments and issues in environmental law. This includes:

  • proposed changes to the law that will weaken, or strengthen, environmental protection;
  • stories and situations where existing environmental laws are failing to protect the environment; and
  • emerging legal strategies that could be used to protect our environment.

If you have an environmental story that we should hear about, please e-mail Andrew Gage. We welcome your comments on any of the posts to this blog – but please keep in mind our policies on comments.

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Industrial landscape in Fort McMurray, AB
September 21, 2022

In July, Canada released a discussion paper outlining options and considerations for establishing a cap on oil and gas sector emissions, as part of its strategy for reaching its 2030 r

August 19, 2022

Vancouver’s ‘Sue Big Oil’ decision last month generated some loud controversy.

Water flowing near Little Qualicum Falls, Vancouver Island
August 17, 2022

In 2020 the Old Growth Strategic Review (OGSR) panel released their recommendation for overarching legislation on biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Let’s show our elected local government officials that British Columbians support this key legislation.

August 16, 2022

The world has been seeing some alarming trends in food and nutrition security, and Canada is no exception.

August 11, 2022

West Coast really lucked out this year with our incredible cohort of summer law students!

July 25, 2022

Standing under the towering presence of a 600+ year old being, a hushed awe permeates the group. As we silently recognize the magnificence of this life form, I suspect I am not the only one who longs to hear the stories this tree carries.

July 19, 2022

Marine protected areas, or MPAs for short, are areas of the ocean that provide protection from harmful human activities and exploitation.

July 18, 2022

This blog originally appeared in Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, where West Coast Executive Director and Senior Counsel Jessica Clogg is a regular columnist.

June 22, 2022

“We are going to sue Big Oil,” noted journalist Avi Lewis told us. “This is an historic moment, and you are going to be able to tell everyone you were here when it began.”

June 13, 2022

nʔaysnúlaʔxw iʔ k̓̓łluxwnwixwmntət (Ashnola Declaration)

On April 28, 2022, the sməlqmíx, the syilx people of the Similkameen Valley, declared the nʔaysnúlaʔxw snxaʔcnitkw (Ashnola Watershed) in its entirety and for all future generations an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA).