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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: Tyler Batty
September 18, 2019

The BC Government is seeking public input until October 7, 2019, on its

Photo Credit: Alessandra Giansante
July 17, 2019

The response to plastic needs to be drastic!

Imagine it’s summertime, and you’re having a backyard barbeque with some friends. You have some beers, a little something sizzling on the grill and maybe some fresh seafood. Sounds enticing, right?

One Earth One Vote graphic - canoe
July 17, 2019

This election, who we vote for matters more than ever. Not just for our country, but for our children’s future and the health of our planet.

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.

Bill C-48 Tanker Ban
May 14, 2019

A legislated oil tanker ban on the north Pacific coast is within reach. Senators are preparing to vote on Bill C-48 – the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act – and they need to hear from you one last time.

J16 SRKW Photo by: Miles Ritter
April 30, 2019

People have strong attachments to killer whales in British Columbia. They star in stories, art and legends of many First Nations and coastal communities.

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.

Unite Against Racism on March 21st
March 20, 2019

School Strike for Climate

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the #fridays4future #schoostrike4climate in Vancouver. This event was one of over 2,000 events worldwide in 125 countries, involving 1.5 million people.

Fixing Canada's Environmental Laws
August 7, 2017

In June 2016, the federal government announced a major review of Canada’s environmental laws and processes – including environmental assessment (EA), the Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act and the National Energy Board.

In June 2016, the federal government announced a major review of Canada’s environmental laws and processes – including environmental assessment (EA), the Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act and the National Energy Board. It's critical that we make the most of this opportunity, and we need some help from you.

March 7, 2017

MiningWatch needs your help to ensure accountability for the Mount Polley tailings pond disaster.