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March 7, 2019

VANCOUVER, Coast Salish Territories – BC environmental organizations are celebrating that 20 communities have now voted to send letters to 20 fossil fuel companies.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
February 22, 2019

Environmental groups and intervenors warn of further legal challenges

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection
February 19, 2019

VICTORIA, Territory of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations – Lawyers with West Coast Environmental Law applauded BC’s Budget 2019 for delivering on funding promises to implement the government’s climate plan, CleanBC.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions
February 14, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories – Environmental lawyers are optimistic about new legal protections for free expression in BC, after the reintroduction of a bill to protect British Columbians from strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP).

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews
February 6, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories - The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources voted unanimously yesterday to travel to select regions in Canada during its study of Bill C-69, which introduces important measures to improve federal

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
January 31, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories - A new report released by Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer challenges proponents’ claims about the financial benefits of the Trans Mountain pipeline, says West Coast Environmental Law.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
January 18, 2019

VICTORIA, Territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations – A resolution passed by Victoria Council late last night (8-1) challenges BC municipalities to work together on a class action lawsuit against global fossil fuel companies for a share of BC climate costs.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
December 6, 2018

Ensuring federal assessment of high-carbon projects is critical if Canada is to step up Paris Agreement ambitions at COP 24

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
December 5, 2018

VANCOUVER, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES - Lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law applaud the BC Government’s CleanBC plan as an important step towards reducing the province’s greenhouse gas pollution while moving to attract environmentally-minded businesses and investment.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions
November 5, 2018

But lawyers say more must be done to ensure independent evidence and safeguard climate

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment
October 16, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law is calling for stronger and more consistent legal standards for Canada’s marine protected areas (MPAs) and other conservation areas, following the release of a new report from a National Advisory Panel appointed to offer guidance to the federal government regarding categories and associated protection standards for federal MPAs.

Topics: Fish & Wildlife, Marine Protection, Ocean Laws, Protect the Great Bear Sea
October 4, 2018

Pushback is an attempt to bypass crucial environmental oversight

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
October 2, 2018

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Marine Protection, Ocean Laws, Protect the Great Bear Sea
September 21, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – The federal government’s “first step” to proceed with the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project fails to address the critical issue of Indigenous consultation, says West Coast Environmental Law.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
September 19, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Today, lawyers at the West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation released two resources aimed at promoting discussion in BC’s local government elections about the climate costs – wildfires, flooding, drought – being experienced by BC communities, an

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands, Community Climate Adaptation, Climate Solutions
September 6, 2018

Union of BC Municipalities to vote on sending letter to Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil 

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands, Community Climate Adaptation, Green Communities, Coastal Communities
August 30, 2018

Ruling confirms that Canada acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally in approving controversial project

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
August 17, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law issued the following statement in response to the

Topics: Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law, Marine Protection, Ocean Laws
August 16, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories - West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation welcomed a

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws
August 15, 2018

Trappers’ stories illustrate cumulative impact of industrial activity on lands, waters and wildlife

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Lands & Forests, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
July 30, 2018

RELAW project works with Indigenous nations to revitalize Indigenous environmental laws

Topics: Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law, RELAW, Sharing Stories
July 16, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – More than 50 BC environmental, Indigenous, human rights and faith organizations sent a letter to Premier John Horgan today asking that the province enact a Liability for Climate-Related Harm Act, clarifying the legal responsibility of fossil fuel c

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
June 20, 2018

Passing of Bill C-68 and C-69 a critical step in fixing Canada’s broken environmental laws, but supporting regulations will be key to the Bills’ success

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Fish & Wildlife
June 18, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association is encouraged by the release of the BC government’s

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Lands & Forests, Climate Law in our Hands
June 18, 2018

BC communities say new owner must honour NEB pipeline process Prime Minister Trudeau put in place

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers

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