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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 5, 2012

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference held each year in Eugene Oregon is, perhaps, the Mecca of environmental lawyers.  It brings together literally thousands of lawyers, law students, community activists, and others to discuss whether and how the law can be used to protect th

March 4, 2012

For an hour or so on February 21st the most talked about issue on Twitter in Canada was an event about caribou, coal mining and Aboriginal Rights.  I’m guessing that that’s a first in the history of Twitter.  West Coast Environmental Law also had more hits on our website in a single day than we had ever had before – by quite a bit.

February 1, 2012

In a January 20th letter, Canada’s Environment Minister, Peter Kent, assured Canadians that the Canadian Government, despite having withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol, nonetheless has a plan on climate change.  But reading the

January 31, 2012

Nicole Peterson is a legal intern with West Coast Environmental Law who is participating in the Osgoode Aboriginal Clinical Intensive Program.  She writes:

January 26, 2012

Public participation in the BC government’s recent public consultations on cosmetic pesticides exceeded all expectations, with an all-time record 8,700 people telling the Legislative Committee what they

January 16, 2012

On January 13th, our Executive Director, Jessica Clogg, appeared on the Bill Good Show on CKNW radio, opposite blogger Vivian Krause

January 9, 2012

Recently the federal Ministers of the Environment and of Natural Resources have publicly confirmed that major changes ma

January 9, 2012

What began as a smear campaign against West Coast Environmental Law and other environmental groups has crossed a line with oil industry advocates and Ezra Levant (author of the book Ethical O

January 4, 2012

A recent ad campaign linked to a top oil sands firm questions what drives the work of West Coast Environmental Law.