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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.

Indigenous leaders' press conference after TMX re-approval (Photo: Eugene Kung)
June 27, 2019

The latest cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline came less than a day after the federal government declared a climate emergency.

Have your say on endangered caribou
April 17, 2019

Help is on the way for some endangered southern mountain caribou. There are two plans under development to save this threatened species, and the BC government is consulting with the public about these plans.

Heiltsuk RELAW Project
February 13, 2019

For over 14,000 years, the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation has thrived on the abundance of the lands and waters in what is now known as the central coast of British Columbia.

Wet'suwet'en Solidarity rally in Vancouver, Jan. 2019 (Photo: Eugene Kung)
January 16, 2019

The world watched last week as an armed RCMP force entered Wet’suwet’en territory without their consent and arrested 14 people.

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”

November 21, 2018

By Rayanna Seymour-Hourie, an Anishinaabe articled student at WCEL & Erica Stahl, a second-generation settler and staff lawyer at WCEL

September 12, 2018

7:29am, Thursday, August 30th, 2018:
We’re in a boardroom high above downtown Vancouver, not far from Robson Street where I’m told there used to be a great hunting path. I’m on the Federal Court of Appeal’s website, refreshing my web browser obsessively.

Kvai (Photo: Georgia Lloyd-Smith)
August 15, 2018

Getting to the Kvai River Lodge, located in the Great Bear Rainforest deep in the heart of Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Territory, is no simple matter. The journey presented many pedagogical opportunities for reflecting upon the importance of relationships.

2018 Summer Law Students
August 14, 2018

Each summer at West Coast brings a new cohort of law students from across the country, eager to learn and gain experience in environmental and Indigenous law.

August 8, 2018

Cooperative actions to explore and protect the deep sea

Perhaps the best-known examples of cooperative marine governance agreements in Canada are in Haida territories on the north Pacific coast, where the exciting deep sea Northeast Pacific Seamounts Expedition just concluded.

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