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March 16, 2020

How we’re responding to global efforts to #FlattenTheCurve

These are exceptional times. There is a lot going on in the world and it seems like the news is changing almost by the minute.

Topics: Environmental Legal Aid, EDRF Legal Aid Fund, Legal Advice
February 27, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – Lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law are calling on the BC Liberal Caucus to correct misinformation aimed at undermining environmental organizations and lawful resistance to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in Wet’suwet’en territ

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Marine Protection, Environmental Legal Aid, EDRF Legal Aid Fund
February 19, 2020

Support crumbles when costs exceed $12 billion, new poll finds

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
February 7, 2020

Estimated cost jumps from $7.4B to $12.6B, prompting calls for government to abandon the project

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
February 4, 2020

Narrow Federal Court of Appeal decision is a blow for reconciliation and sustainability, lawyers say  

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
January 31, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – BC is not doing enough to investigate, prepare for, and protect taxpayers from the looming costs of climate change, say 25 BC-based organizations and 4 leading academics.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands, Community Climate Adaptation, Climate Solutions
December 10, 2019

Groups launch petition demanding full disclosure by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Take Action
November 25, 2019

Amending legislation passed in Bill C-69 or C-48 would diminish public trust, say enviro lawyers

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
November 8, 2019

West Coast Environmental Law event marks 30 years of environmental legal aid in BC

Topics: Environmental Legal Aid, EDRF Legal Aid Fund
October 30, 2019

VICTORIA, BC – Territory of Songhees and Esquimalt Nations – Bill 38, the Climate Change Accountability Amendment Act 2019, introduced today in the BC Legislature, could transform how the Province works to achieve its climate goals.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Solutions
October 24, 2019

VICTORIA, BC, Lekwungen Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association is celebrating today’s introduction of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, which will bring the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UN Declaration”) into provincial law.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law
September 27, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Climate campaigners at West Coast Environmental Law and the Georgia Strait Alliance responded to today’s announcement by the City of Victoria at the Union of BC Municipalities that one of Canada’s foremost legal minds, Joe Arvay of Arvay Finlay, will be p

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
August 28, 2019

Legislation loses points for regulations that exempt high-carbon projects from review

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
August 1, 2019

OTTAWA — The Canadian government has surpassed its commitment to protect at least 10 per cent of its oceans before 2020. This achievement is the result of significant collaboration between Indigenous communities, the Canadian government, conservation organizations, communities and industries.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
July 4, 2019

VICTORIA/VANCOUVER, BC - As Taseko Mines once again attempts to force its way with an injunction to start drilling in Tŝilhqot’in ancestral

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Lands & Forests
June 27, 2019

Today, Vancouver City Council voted 7-4 to take a series of actions demanding that global fossil fuel companies share in the climate change costs incurred by the City. 

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands, Climate Solutions
June 25, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – In an 8-1 vote, the City of Richmond voted last night to ask BC Premier John Horgan to enact a Liability for Climate-related Harms Act confirming the right of local governments to recover a fair share of climate costs from global fossil fuel comp

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
June 21, 2019

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER – Late yesterday evening Senators voted to pass Bill C-69, which contains important changes to Canada’s laws pertaining to impact assessment, energy regulation, and protection of navigable waters.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
June 20, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – Environmental lawyers welcome the news that Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, has passed a final vote in the Senate and will become law.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
June 19, 2019

Environmental and conservation groups respond to modernized Fisheries Act

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Fish & Wildlife, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
June 18, 2019

West Coast Environmental Law reacts to federal government’s re-approval of the project

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
June 17, 2019

Government rejects Senate amendment that would add unneeded re-assessment of the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Protected Areas
June 12, 2019

Motion tabled in House of Commons today would restore key safeguards Canadians voted for in 2015, environmental lawyers say

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy
June 4, 2019

OTTAWA – Over 90 per cent of Canadians support the call to protect 30 per cent of the country’s oceans by 2030, according to a survey released today by Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, West Coast Environmental Law and World Wildlife Fund Canada.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Marine Protection, Protected Areas, Great Bear Sea
May 27, 2019

Federal bill renewing Canada’s Oceans Act receives Royal Assent

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Marine Protection, Protected Areas

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