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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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Joe Biden (Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr Creative Commons)
January 15, 2021

United States President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris climate accord “on day one” of his administration and s

2020 Year in Review (Image: Black-capped chickadee on branch)
December 30, 2020

This year will live in our memory as one of surprises, uncertainty, kindness, and the power of community.

Candy canes and lumps of coal
December 22, 2020

It may be the season to be jolly, but December is apparently also the season for governments to unveil their plans for climate action. This month the federal and BC governments have unveiled major plans, reports, targets and discussion papers.

Graphic of half-empty water glass with globe partly submerged
November 27, 2020

In many ways Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, is the culmination of years of work for West Coast Environmental Law.

November 25, 2020

In the coming days, BC Premier John Horgan will appoint his cabinet.

November 23, 2020

Ignorance is bliss, they say. While this may be true for some things, British Columbia should not be feeling that way about the deterioration of our coastal ecosystems.

November 23, 2020

During the provincial election, the BC NDP committed to fully implement the recommendations of the Old Growth Strategic Review (“OGSR”) panel report.* That promise has implications extending beyond forestry, because one of the signature recommendat

November 18, 2020

Indigenous peoples, including the Mi’kmaq, have been on Turtle Island for millennia, living in complex societies, sustainably governing their territories and ‘resources’, including fisheries.

November 16, 2020

What a strange year 2020 has been. We are grateful to our supporters who have been able to continue supporting our work as we all come together (by staying apart!) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Working together to raise money for charities is one of the ways we, as colleagues, can give back our communities. 

November 13, 2020

It has been a busy few months in the ongoing Trans Mountain saga.

As the world economy sputtered due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, major changes started to emerge that make it clear that the post-pandemic world will not look like the pre-pandemic world.

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