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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.

Anti-SLAPP Victory is Bittersweet
April 2, 2019

In early March, the legislature unanimously passed the Protection of Public Participation Act.

Oil_SpillEnglishBay
March 28, 2019

Prevention of environmental damage is always better than response and clean-up. This became very obvious to residents in Metro Vancouver in 2015, when a cargo ship, the MV Marathassa, spilled 2,700 litres of fuel into the waters of English Bay.

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.

Bill 15 - Agricultural Land (Photo: Gord McKenna)
March 20, 2019

Bill 15, the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act 2019, currently being debated in the BC Legislature, has revealed deep-seated divisions between the governing BC NDP an

Neb "Redo" press conference - (Photo: Kai Nagata, Dogwood BC)
March 18, 2019

There are a number of recent developments on the Trans Mountain file – from the reconsideration (“redo”) of the environmental assessment to unanswered questions about the federal government’s purchase price for the pipeline, and another (much quieter) NEB decision regarding rates for the existing Trans Mountain pipeline.

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.

Parliament buildings (Photo: Shane Zurbrigg via Flickr)
March 4, 2019

Canadians depend on the federal government to safeguard our families, our health and the environment from pollution, toxic contamination and other potential harms.

Boundary Bay, BC (Gord McKenna via Flickr)
February 20, 2019

When you walk along an ocean shoreline, it’s a feast for the senses – waves crashing, birds swooping and calling, the taste of salt in the air, vividly coloured sea plants and creatures washing up in the swell of the waves. It’s easy to see that the coast is a place rich in life and biodiversity.

February 19, 2019

Increasingly, we are seeing stories of how the ocean is changing – both locally off the coast of BC, and on a global scale.

February 19, 2019

We are running a race to protect the environment, and the environmental rule of law could be the last hurdle.

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