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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.

April 18, 2011

Yesterday the Mayor and Council of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) released a letter written by their lawyer, Don Lidstone, demanding that a controversial asphalt plant located next to the residential neighbourhood of Chea

April 18, 2011

Anyone interested in rapid transit in Vancouver has until this Friday, April 22nd (Earth Day) to tell Translink what they think about the proposed Broadway line. In particular, Translink’s

April 17, 2011

It’s too bad that the English language media did not take note of an important article that appeared in Quebec’s La Presse at the end of March. The article –

April 13, 2011

Last Tuesday’s English Language election leadership debates are over. Disappointingly, there was hardly a mention of environmental issues (there was more discussion of Facebook than Climate Change). Quite the contrast from the 2008 Election debates, when environme

March 28, 2011

Can you imagine waking up in the morning, looking out the window and being annoyed that your view is blocked by a green leafy tree?  If you live in the City of White Rock and the tree happens to be on city property you can now just apply to the City to have that eyesore removed and your view of the ocean (or whatever view you happen to look out

March 6, 2011

This blog post, by Douglas Schoch, is the second in a series of guest blog posts from UBC students to be published over the coming month. West Coast Environmental Law is currently hosting UBC students in a clinical Environmental Law Workshop.  Writing a blog post is a required assignment for the students.

March 1, 2011

This blog post, by Rachel Barsky, is the first in a series of guest blog posts from UBC students to be published over the coming month. West Coast Environmental Law is currently hosting UBC students in a clinical Environmental Law Workshop.  Writing a blog post is a required assignment for the students. 

February 23, 2011

Health Canada – through the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) – is supposed to approve every pesticide used in Canada before it’s sold or used in Canada.  While the PMRA itself cautions against claims that the pesticides it approves are safe, proponents of pes

February 23, 2011

With the federal government’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) currently examining how it re-evaluates pesticides, it’s worth noting that at least one re-evaluation of a pesticide did not go as quickly as expected. 

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