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.

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As interest in offshore oil and gas exploration is thankfully floundering in Canada, marine renewable energy is on the rise.

Federal Court decision reminds us all levels of government have a role to play in regulating plastic pollution  

Sign the Parliamentary petition urging the federal government to establish a new biodiversity accountability law.

On September 26, the British Columbia Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Gitxaała v.

This is a detailed analysis of the case – stay tuned for a shorter summary coming soon

In the next installments of our Indigenous law in language blog series, we wanted to talk with some scientists to see how we can begin to bridge the languages of western and Indigenous science together.

In September 2021, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Átl’ḵa7tsem/Howe Sound and the surrounding watershed as a biosphere region (also referred to as a “biosphere reserve”).

For our Indigenous Law in Language blog series, we spoke with Simogyet Watakhayetsxw, Gitanyow Hereditary Chief Deborah Good.

Every summer, West Coast has the privilege of mentoring and welcoming a fresh cohort of enthusiastic law students from BC and Canada into the world of environmental and Indigenous law. 

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the “UN Declaration”) recognizes that Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination and to revitalize, use, develop, and transmit to future generati