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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 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, Ocean Laws
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, Ocean Laws
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
May 24, 2019

Canada’s top court will be called on to resolve constitutionality of BC’s proposed law

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Ocean Laws
May 16, 2019

Unelected Senate must honour government commitment to a B.C. North Coast oil tanker moratorium, groups say

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Ocean Laws, Protect the Great Bear Sea, Green Communities, Coastal Communities
May 9, 2019

WILLIAMS LAKE, Secwepemc Territory – Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law, made the following statement in response to Resolution 21, passed today at the North Central Local Gove

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands, Climate Solutions
May 7, 2019

Williams Lake, Secwepemc Territory – Andrew Gage, a staff lawyer from West Coast Environmental Law, is attending this week’s North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) meeting to hear firsthand how wildfires and other climate-related impacts have affected northern communities – and how th

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands, Community Climate Adaptation, Climate Solutions, Take Action
May 7, 2019

Ottawa, Ont.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Fish & Wildlife, Climate and Energy, Marine Protection
May 1, 2019

All projects that pose a climate risk must receive a rigorous assessment, say environmental lawyers

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Climate Solutions
April 26, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Environmental lawyers are delighted that City of Toronto staff will examine how the city’s massive climate change-related costs can be recovered from the fo

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands, Climate Solutions
April 12, 2019

POWELL RIVER, BC – Tla’amin Territory – Local government officials meeting in Powell River this weekend will grapple with how taxpayers can afford to pay for a rising tide of climate change costs.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands, Climate Solutions
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 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 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
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
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

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