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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.

June 24, 2020

In mid-April, as BC was ramping up its response to COVID-19, a wildfire burned through more than 200 hectares north of Squamish, leading to the evacuation of about 30 homes.

Build Back Better BC (Image: WCEL video)
May 19, 2020

“Looking back, the COVID-19 deaths and lockdown were awful. But thank goodness that we seized the opportunity to rebuild our economy and communities in ways that improved our province – made us safer, more sustainable and prosperous. Life is better now.”
– A voice from 2030

After COVID-19, let's build BC back better – in ways that fight climate change, inequality & injustice. 

Ashcroft Flooding - May 2020 (Photo: Julia Kidder)
May 13, 2020

An update from a unique flood season in Ashcroft, BC, on the territories of the Nlaka'pamux and Secwépemc Nations.

Photocredit: BC Govt - FarmFolkCityFolk
May 6, 2020

Exploring some federal and provincial frameworks that could guide stimulus in the wake of COVID-19 to support a more food-secure future

May 5, 2020

This pandemic is a stark reminder of how our economies and societies are interdependent, and how the well-being of humans, other living beings, and ecosystems, are deeply connected. Only a healthy planet can support healthy people.

Earth Day 1970 (Photo: University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability)
April 22, 2020

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of first Earth Day in 1970, here’s a look at what things looked like then and now.

April 21, 2020

More and more Canadians are living in cities, and these days we’re spending a lot more time there. But we don’t have to escape the city to connect with nature.

Young tree (Pixabay)
April 21, 2020

In 1972, two years after the alarm bell of the first Earth Day, law professor Christopher Stone made the case for legal rights for nature in Should Trees Have Standing?

March 3, 2020

Despite having one the largest coastal and marine areas in North America, many people will be surprised to hear that British Columbia is one of the very few coastal jurisdictions on the continent that does not have a coastal protection strategy and law.

February 27, 2020

We are facing a climate emergency and a biodiversity crisis. Canadians are already experiencing floods, fires, ecological disruption and as our planet continues to warm, our collective well-being is deeply under threat.

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