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.

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Ecojustice Lawyer Randy Christensen is sounding the alarm bell warning that the government’s current efforts to modernize the Water Act could open the door to privatization of BC’s water (and that alarm has recently been

 Metro Vancouver has given second reading to its new Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), and sent the plan to its member municipalities for approval.  But the plan is coming under attack from crit

If you haven’t heard of “ecocide”, I suspect you will in the coming years.  That’s because British lawyer, Polly Higgins, has made it her life mission to have the UN recognize ecocide as a 5th Crime Against Peace (alongside genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Cr

I’ve just posted “Is now the time to criminalize ecocide”, discussing Polly Higgins’ proposal to create a crime of ecocide - criminalizing large scale environmental destruction.  But it also seems appropriate to make some observations on

Well, it’s been a year since we launched the Environmental Law Alert Blog (our first post was January 4th, 2010, although the site didn’t actually go live until a week later).  Thank you to everyone who’s read our posts during this critical fi

Hot off the press – the Province has unveiled a new “policy proposal” for a Water Sustainability Act. 

Who are you nominating for the Clawbies? What you’ve never heard of them? Nor had I. But it turns out that the Clawbies are the Canadian Law Blog Awards, and nominations for 2010 are open until December 28th. The Clawbies website explains:

On December 2nd 61 First Nations with territory in the Fraser River watershed spoke up against Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline – the Save the Fraser Gathering of Nations Declaration.  The same day the Nations published a full page ad in the Globe and Mail. 

On November 25th and 26th, 2010, representatives of many First Nations gathered in Williams Lake to hold the Save the Fraser Gathering of Nations meeting, adding their voices to the grow

Over the past few weeks, the campaign for a legislated tanker ban seems to have taken on a life of its own.