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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.

June 20, 2018

We are St’át’imc. We speak St’át’imcets (also referred to as Ucwalmícwts or the language of the people). Created by the Transformers, our home is situated at an intersection of deep gorges in the lee of the Northwest Coast Mountains, now referred to as British Columbia.

Anti-SLAPP law in BC
June 15, 2018

West Coast Environmental Law was thrilled when the BC government tabled Bill 32, the Protection of Public Participation Act on May 15th, and nobody was happier than those of us in the

June 5, 2018

Last month, we wrote about actions you could take to cut plastic pollution in BC.

2018 flooding in Merritt, BC (Photo: Andrew Gage)
June 1, 2018

On a long weekend trip, my family drove through Merritt, one of the communities hit by recent flooding in BC.

Hockey faceoff (Photo: Yifei Chen)
May 17, 2018

Kinder Morgan’s self-imposed May 31 deadline to achieve political certainty for building the Trans Mountain project is rapidly approaching.

May 14, 2018

In principle, a new BC statute that deals with climate change accountability sounds like a good thing.

Salmon-BC (Photo: Ratha Grimes via Flickr)
May 11, 2018

BC’s Skeena watershed is a spectacular salmon breeding ground: the river and estuary are wild, undammed, and full not only of salmon but of herring, eulachon and waterfowl.

May 7, 2018

Now’s the time to raise your voice to help stem the rising tide of plastic waste, before it turns into a tsunami.

Horgan Notley Trudeau Meeting (Photo: Prime Minister's Office)
April 19, 2018

Kinder Morgan has set a May 31 deadline to get political certainty. What can the federal government do to achieve this? And will it alleviate the host of legal, financial, reputational and practical risks facing the project?

English Bay Spill 2015 Jeremy Board
April 18, 2018

The 2015 Marathassa fuel spill in the Vancouver harbour, and the 2017

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make sure that our waters and coast are protected from oil spills – not just from Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers, but from any source for the future – through the modernization of our oil spill regulations in BC.