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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.

March 30, 2010

Unless you keep a close eye on announcements from the US Department of Transportation, you may have missed, as I did, this announcement from US Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood:

March 29, 2010

Last week, BC’s Minister of Forests and Range, Pat Bell, announced the introduction of a new Zero Net Deforestation Act.  Minister Bell explained:

March 25, 2010

In recent months there has been a sharp drop in public faith in climate science.  The collapse is not, as is sometimes suggested, in the scientific consensus that human-caused climate change is occurring.  As West Coast has previously pointed out, despite embarrassing errors and some arguably unprofessional e-mails, the

March 18, 2010

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March 9, 2010

Only weeks before the Copenhagen conference on climate change, climate skeptics gleefully released over a thousand e-mails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) in East Anglia, claiming that these e-mails (which they branded climate gate) discredited not only the wo

March 8, 2010

Last week I read this announcement of the launch of Transition Canada – a national network to facilitate transition towns in Canada.  I haven’t been able to find much further information about this new organization, but there have been

March 4, 2010

West Coast Environmental Law has been working with communities along the controversial proposed Enbridge Pipeline and oil tanker route  to make sure that their views are fully considered in any government decision.

March 1, 2010

As West Coast Environmental Law reported in a separate post, BC’s enforcement of environmental laws continues to drop.  And, as I noted in that post, in addition to general job in enforcement there is also reason to be concerned abou

March 1, 2010

Over the past week West Coast Environmental Law has been crunching figures from the province’s Compliance and Enforcement Summaries.

February 24, 2010

We are now 5 days into a stand-off between the Okanagan Indian Band and Tolko Industries at Browns Creek  on the west side of Okanagan Lake.  With Tolko in court today seeking an enforcement order to remove Elders, band members, supporters and Chiefs from Browns Creek, things are about to escalata further.

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