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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.

Photo Credit: Alana Paterson
June 4, 2019

Efforts to protect BC’s northern coast go back half a century and are not to be taken lightly as the Senate considers killing Bill C-48.

Photo credit: A. Wright
May 29, 2019

At Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald famously referred to Canada’s Senate as a chamber of sober second thought. One, he said, that “will never set itself in opposition against the deliberate and understood wishes of the people.”

Sir John A. should be turning in his grave.

Vancouver Climate Emergency Debate
April 23, 2019

Forty-nine years ago Earth Day was born. Millions of people are working on solutions to the Earth’s deep and intractable human-caused maladies.

Boundary Bay, BC (Gord McKenna via Flickr)
February 20, 2019

When you walk along an ocean shoreline, it’s a feast for the senses – waves crashing, birds swooping and calling, the taste of salt in the air, vividly coloured sea plants and creatures washing up in the swell of the waves. It’s easy to see that the coast is a place rich in life and biodiversity.

December 20, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, the West Coast team wanted to share our victories and milestones with our “Year in Review”

Staff Lawyer Andrew Gage presenting to Burnaby City Council (Photo: Anjali Appadurai)
August 27, 2018

The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) represents all BC’s local governments. In just a few weeks at its annual conference (September 10-14), local governments will vote on whether to demand that Chevron, Exxon and 18 other fossil fuel companies pay their fair share of climate change-related costs facing BC communities.

2018 flooding in Merritt, BC (Photo: Andrew Gage)
June 1, 2018

On a long weekend trip, my family drove through Merritt, one of the communities hit by recent flooding in BC.

Game of Floods, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
April 18, 2018

At a workshop held in Delaware this month, participants played a “Game of Floods” to learn in an interactive way about the risks that sea level rise poses to their community.

Plants sprayed with herbacide along the Skeena River
December 11, 2017

Wild salmon just can’t seem to catch a break right now.

Chinook Salmon Jumping Upstream by Sam Beebe
November 15, 2017

Here we are in the Lower Mainland of BC, on the river that has been referred to as “the world’s greatest salmon river,” a.k.a. the Fraser – or to use one of its more venerable names, the Stó:lō.

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