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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
April 16, 2018

VICTORIA – On Saturday, April 14, 2018, the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) voted to send a climate accountability letter to Chevron, Exxon and 20 fossil fuel companies.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
April 12, 2018

Local government association to vote on climate accountability

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
April 3, 2018

 

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
March 26, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories - Lawyers from the West Coast Environmental Law Association applaud the Liability for Climate Harm Act, 2018, introduced today in the Ontario Legislature today by Peter Tabuns, MPP, the Environment and Climate Change Critic for the Ontario NDP.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
January 10, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Today’s announcement that New York City is suing fossil fuel companies for local climate impacts is a “game changer” for climate accountability, says West Coast Environmental Law.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
November 14, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Lawyers with Vancouver-based West Coast Environmental Law congratulated Peruvian farmer, Saul Luciano Lliuya, for yesterday’s court win against German coal giant, RWE.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
October 24, 2017

VICTORIA, BC – Last night the City of Colwood became the fourth municipality on southern Vancouver Island to demand accountability from fossil fuel companies for local climate impacts.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
October 13, 2017

VICTORIA, BC – Last night the City of Victoria voted nearly unanimously to send a "Climate Accountability Letter" to 20 of the world's largest fossil fuel companies, asking the companies to pay their share of the municipality's climate costs.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
August 15, 2017

VICTORIA, BC – Last night the Council of the District of Saanich voted unanimously (7-0) to send a “Climate Accountability Letter” to 20 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies, asking the companies to pay their share of the municipality’s climate costs.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands
July 13, 2017

VICTORIA, BC – The West Coast Environmental Law Association applauds the District of Highlands, a Southern Vancouver Island municipality, for sending a “Climate Accountability Letter” to 20 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Climate Law in our Hands