In July, Canada released a discussion paper outlining options and considerations for establishing a cap on oil and gas sector emissions, as part of its strategy for reaching its 2030 reductions target and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The discussion paper follows an announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau at the 26th United Nations climate summit in 2021 that Canada would impose a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector.
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.
Vancouver’s ‘Sue Big Oil’ decision last month generated some loud controversy.
In 2020 the Old Growth Strategic Review (OGSR) panel released their recommendation for overarching legislation on biodiversity and ecosystem health.
The world has been seeing some alarming trends in food and nutrition security, and Canada is no exception.
West Coast really lucked out this year with our incredible cohort of summer law students!
Standing under the towering presence of a 600+ year old being, a hushed awe permeates the group. As we silently recognize the magnificence of this life form, I suspect I am not the only one who longs to hear the stories this tree carries.
Marine protected areas, or MPAs for short, are areas of the ocean that provide protection from harmful human activities and exploitation.
This blog originally appeared in Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, where West Coast Executive Director and Senior Counsel Jessica Clogg is a regular columnist.
BC fisheries are struggling with declining stocks due to ever-increasing pressures from climate change, coastal development, pollution and industrial fishing. But we need only look to Indigenous leadership for solutions.
“We are going to sue Big Oil,” noted journalist Avi Lewis told us. “This is an historic moment, and you are going to be able to tell everyone you were here when it began.”