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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.

December 10, 2019

The public thinks the fossil fuel industry should be paying for climate costs. 

That’s the conclusion of a number of polls that have been released over the past couple of years in countries around the world. 

November 28, 2019

In June 2019, Canadians celebrated the passing of a series of important federal environmental laws – including the Impact Assessment Act and Canadian Energy Regulator Act (Bill C-69) and the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act (Bill C-48).

October 23, 2019

It was called “Canada’s climate election,” and as the dust settles we can celebrate that 63% of votes cast were in favour of parties that made strong

October 15, 2019

Greta Thunberg may not have received this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but her nomination reflects the work being done by countless youth around the world who have given the climate movement a new m

First Nations announce a new round of TMX legal challenges (Photo: Eugene Kung)
August 21, 2019

The federal cabinet’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Project (“TMX” or “the Project”) on June 18, 2019 was hardly shocking news.

Climate Change Election Advertising Warning
August 20, 2019

It sounded like something out of Orwell’s 1984: the Canadian media reported that Elections Canada had indicated that charities and non-profits who speak out about climate change could be considered “pa

Law Students Whitney Vicente, Isabelle Lefroy, Jessie Schwarz and Christopher Mottershead
August 20, 2019

As summer draws to a close, West Coast is saying goodbye to another cohort of dedicated summer law students who have contributed to our legal programs over the past few months. Each year we host a new group of lawyers-to-be, who assist greatly with legal research, developing educational resources, legal aid support and more.

Vancouver Council heard before voting to hold fossil fuel companies accountable
July 15, 2019

The last week in June was a big week for those of us who would like to see BC communities hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the costs of climate change.

Federal environmental laws passed (graphic)
July 3, 2019

Law reform is our specialty at West Coast Environmental Law.  We work at all levels of government to transform the legal landscape and strengthen the laws that affect land, air and water.

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.

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