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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.

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.

Photo Credit: Ecowaste Philippines
June 18, 2019

Photo: Ecowaste Coalition of the Philippines

This is a guest post by Kathleen Ruff, Director of RightOnCanada.ca. With support from our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF), Kathleen sought a legal opinion to determine whether Canada’s refusal to bring back Canadian wastes exported to the Philippines violated international law.

Price pollution: Our kids are worth it (Background photo: Billy Wilson via Flickr)
May 15, 2019

May 3rd, 2019 was a great day for climate action.

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.

Youth Climate Strike in Vancouver (Photo: Eugene Kung)
March 15, 2019

With children striking from school to protect their future, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warning that we have just over ten years left to keep climate change to 1.5 degrees, many of you have asked us at the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) what we are doing to support climate litigation.

January 15, 2019

Sometimes the little guy gets a clear win.

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”

AntiSLAPP graphic
December 17, 2018

When it comes to protecting freedom of speech, the BC government is all talk.

Erica and Barb
November 16, 2018

Our Legal Aid team is excited to announce that the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) has a new application form and has raised the rate we can pay for legal and expert services.

September 19, 2018

“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” – Mark Angelo, Founder, World Rivers Day

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