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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Last month, the West Coast team attended the UN Biodiversity Conference (aka COP15) in Montreal, where we pushed for meaningful action from our governments to better respect and protect nature.

At the recent UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), Canada joined other countries in making ambitious commitments to protect nature.

On December 15th and 16th, Justice Ross of the BC Supreme Court heard from a wide range of applicants seeking permission to intervene in an important legal challenge launched by the Smgyigyetm Gitxaała and Gitxaała Nation (Gitxaała).

Reflections from our RELAW* Retreat: Indigenous Law in Story  
(Retreat 1 of 3: November 14–17th, 2022)

*Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air & Water

Earlier this year, West Coast Environmental Law became aware that British Columbia's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has quietly set up a Twitter account, @ComplianceBC.

At the end of November, BC’s Minister of Environment issued its 2022 Climate Change Accountability Report, boasting in a press release about “progress made in key areas.” The BC media e

West Coast lawyers are on the ground at the most important nature conference of the century

One year on from the November 2021 flood events in BC, it’s clear as we look towards the future there are no easy answers for the Lower Fraser River floodplain and the communities who live there.

A new B.C. law for biodiversity and ecosystem health could give species and ecosystems a fighting chance to adapt to the detrimental impacts of climate change and turn the tide on decades of harmful cumulative impacts.

This blog originally appeared in Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine.