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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.

Erica and Barb
November 16, 2018

Our Legal Aid team is excited to announce that the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) has a new application form and has raised the rate we can pay for legal and expert services.

November 5, 2018

We’ve been watching the BC government’s review of “professional reliance” with keen interest. The results of the review have the potential (done right) to significantly strengthen public health and environmental protection in BC or (done badly) to focus attention away from some of the fundamental problems with BC’s environmental laws.

October 24, 2018

Stronger laws for MPAs mean better protection for marine mammals

Okanagan residents Steve and Debbie Oram
October 18, 2018

In the last few sunny days of August, I took a trip to the Okanagan, which had been ablaze just a few days before with a series of major wildfires.

October 16, 2018

To be a responsible fiscal manager, you need a budget. And to be a responsible climate leader, you also need a budget – a carbon budget.

October 9, 2018

Facing the towering pile of debris collected at the Denman Island market, I paused as an uneasy feeling of déjà vu stirred from my visit to the community shoreline clean-up one year ago.

Andrew Gage + Anna Barford at UBCM (Photo: Lisa Matthaus)
September 28, 2018

We narrowly lost the vote, but I felt surprisingly good about it.

September 19, 2018

“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” – Mark Angelo, Founder, World Rivers Day

September 12, 2018

7:29am, Thursday, August 30th, 2018:
We’re in a boardroom high above downtown Vancouver, not far from Robson Street where I’m told there used to be a great hunting path. I’m on the Federal Court of Appeal’s website, refreshing my web browser obsessively.

Staff Lawyer Andrew Gage presenting to Burnaby City Council (Photo: Anjali Appadurai)
August 27, 2018

The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) represents all BC’s local governments. In just a few weeks at its annual conference (September 10-14), local governments will vote on whether to demand that Chevron, Exxon and 18 other fossil fuel companies pay their fair share of climate change-related costs facing BC communities.