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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.

Adelie penguins (Maryann Watson)
March 7, 2018

A colony of nesting Adélie penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula. (Photo: Maryann Watson)

Anti-SLAPP letter graphic: taped X covering mouth
March 6, 2018

The neighbour of a composting facility is sued by its owner when she complains about odours and pests. An elderly couple arguing that a trail across private property is public receive a threatening letter from a lawyer telling them that they will be sued if they don’t stop talking about the trail.

Winter mountains (Photo: Murray Foubister via Flickr)
February 21, 2018

On February 8, the federal government unveiled Bill C-69, which would introduce a new law governing environmental assessments (EA), replace the maligned National Energy Board with a new Canadian Energy Regulator, and amend the Navigation Protection

Enjoying BC Wine
February 20, 2018

West Coast Environmental Law staff say "Pinot and pugs, not pipelines!"

Mining in the Elk Valley (Garth Lenz, ILCP)
February 20, 2018

You might say that change is in the air.

Less than a week after the federal government tabled its proposed new Impact Assessment Act, the BC government reemphasized its own commitment to reform the provincial environmental assessment (EA) regime.

Paddling in MB (Travel Manitoba via Flickr)
February 19, 2018

The Canadian government recently introduced Bill C-69, claiming that this legislation delivers on a campaign promise to “restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards” in several environmental statutes. While media reports focused on changes to environmental assessment and energy law, the Bill also includes major amendments to the Navigation Protection Act – to be renamed the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. 

Bev Sellars and Jacinda Mack, FNWARM
February 15, 2018

On January 30th, 2018, the BC government decided to drop the private prosecution launched by Bev Sellars into the Mount Polley disaster. Through her private prosecution, Bev, a grandmother and former chief of the Xat’sull First Nation, gave the provincial government a second chance to show that BC can enforce its own environmental laws.

RELAW horseback trip on Tsilhqot'in Territory
February 14, 2018

When it comes to implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, lawyers have unique responsibilities; Calls to Action 27, 28, 29 and 50 are particularly instructive.

Seal trapped in plastic (Nels Israelson/Flickr)
February 8, 2018

Global problems – like our plastic-choked seas – need global solutions.

Ceci n'est pas un levier
January 28, 2018

“Regardless of your views on this particular pipeline (we are opposed, in case that wasn’t clear), anyone who thinks their locally-elected government or local First Nations shouldn’t get railroaded by a US corporation just because they have a federal approval should be very concerned about these recent developments.”