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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 2, 2016

Imagine for a moment that the Canucks made the playoffs (I know this is confusing and potentially painful for you, but bear with me).

May 31, 2016

BC’s government accuses political opponents of being too keen to say “no” to development, but a recent report by BC’s Auditor General, Carol Bellringer, blasted the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Environment for

May 29, 2016

Today, in conjunction with the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research (NWI), West Coast Environmental Law is releasing our report

May 25, 2016

One year to go until BC’s next election - what role will defending our natural environment play? Read on to see what the polling is telling us, and to share your ideas in keeping the environment front and centre in the lead up to the election.

May 23, 2016

Kinder Morgan AGM

Photo credit: Reuben George (via Facebook)

May 23, 2016

We have predicted that governments would begin enacting new laws to address the liability of fossil fuel companies for their role in causing climate change.

May 19, 2016

Rarely does environmental assessment get to be sexy.  While environmental assessment (EA) processes and decisions have been increasingly subject to lawsuits, criticism and protests, the target of dissent is usually either the project (say,

May 16, 2016

Last month at the invitation of Professor Val Waboose and the Windsor Law Faculty, I traveled with Anishinaabe scholars John Borrows and Heidi Stark to Walpole Island First Nation in Ontario to assist with, and learn from, a four-day Anishinaabe law camp.  The camp was organized i

May 15, 2016

Canadians love parks and wilderness. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna recently said the most popular item in the federal budget was free admission for Canadians to all national parks in 2017, to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. 

May 15, 2016

The Great Bear Sea is the ocean alongside the Great Bear Rainforest. A photo essay in Maclean’s magazine by renowned wilderness photographer Ian McAllister showcases its sublime marine beauty.