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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.

Photo credit: A. Wright
May 29, 2019

At Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald famously referred to Canada’s Senate as a chamber of sober second thought. One, he said, that “will never set itself in opposition against the deliberate and understood wishes of the people.”

Sir John A. should be turning in his grave.

Delegates at the NCLGA conference (Photo: Andrew Gage)
May 15, 2019

My work to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for local climate costs, through our Climate Law in our Hands initiative, has provoked strong reactions.

Price pollution: Our kids are worth it (Background photo: Billy Wilson via Flickr)
May 15, 2019

May 3rd, 2019 was a great day for climate action.

Bill C-48 Tanker Ban
May 14, 2019

A legislated oil tanker ban on the north Pacific coast is within reach. Senators are preparing to vote on Bill C-48 – the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act – and they need to hear from you one last time.

J16 SRKW Photo by: Miles Ritter
April 30, 2019

People have strong attachments to killer whales in British Columbia. They star in stories, art and legends of many First Nations and coastal communities.

SRKWs chasing salmon (Oregon State University via Flickr)
April 29, 2019

Each year, the number of southern resident killer whales (SRKWs) in the Salish Sea declines, another seemingly doomed species in the age of the Sixth Extinction.

Vancouver Climate Emergency Debate
April 23, 2019

Forty-nine years ago Earth Day was born. Millions of people are working on solutions to the Earth’s deep and intractable human-caused maladies.

Have your say on endangered caribou
April 17, 2019

Help is on the way for some endangered southern mountain caribou. There are two plans under development to save this threatened species, and the BC government is consulting with the public about these plans.

Anti-SLAPP Victory is Bittersweet
April 2, 2019

In early March, the legislature unanimously passed the Protection of Public Participation Act.

March 28, 2019

Prevention of environmental damage is always better than response and clean-up. This became very obvious to residents in Metro Vancouver in 2015, when a cargo ship, the MV Marathassa, spilled 2,700 litres of fuel into the waters of English Bay.