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May 15, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association welcomes the BC government’s introduction of the Protection of Public Participation Act, a much-needed law that aims to protect British Columbians from costly SLAPP lawsuits (strategic lawsuits against public parti

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Legal Aid
May 9, 2018

OTTAWA – A report released today by the leaders of Canada’s top environmental organizations reviews the progress of the federal government in meeting its platform and mandate commitments on environmental issues across the country.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Lands & Forests, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Climate and Energy, Indigenous Law, Marine Protection
May 9, 2018

23 environmental, social justice and community groups present Minister with recommendations on future of assessments in BC

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Twenty-three allied organizations – including environmental organizations, legal experts, social justice and community groups – are calling on the provincial government to introduce a series of bold reforms in its upcoming overhaul of BC’s environmental assessment (EA) regime.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment
May 9, 2018

Estok-Na Territory/Houston, Texas – Indigenous leadership from Canada made an emergency trip to the Kinder Morgan AGM in Houston this morning to present an overview of Indigenous opposition to the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Indigenous Law
May 8, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Environmental lawyers are celebrating the news that Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, has passed the House of Commons.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Healthy Waters, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers, Marine Protection, Ocean Laws, Protect the Great Bear Sea
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 28, 2018

Organizations hopeful that amendments will help new legislation improve its score

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
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
March 7, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – The BC government’s newly-announced review of environmental assessment (EA) processes is an important opportunity to transform decision-making in the province, say lawyers at West Coast Environmental Law Association.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Lands & Forests, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters
March 5, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Today, 45 leading organizations and public interest advocates from a broad range of sectors published an open letter welcoming the BC Attorney General’s commitment to enact legislation to protect British Columbians from strategic lawsuits against public p

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Legal Aid, EDRF Legal Aid Fund, Legal Advice
February 28, 2018

Toronto, Ont – Civil society organizations working in a variety of sectors, such as health, the environment, anti-poverty and international development, are encouraged following the Government of Canada’s budget commitment to address their commitment to protect Canadian charities from political h

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws
February 23, 2018

Toronto, Ont — 17 civil society organizations working in a variety of sectors, such as health, the environment, anti-poverty and international development, are asking Finance Minister Bill Morneau to make necessary and promised changes to the laws that govern charities as part of the federal gove

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws
February 22, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories - Today, the BC government announced that it is initiating a reference case to confirm the scope of provincial authority to protect BC from the risks of a diluted bitumen spill.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
February 21, 2018

Recently announced federal legislation must go further

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Healthy Waters
February 20, 2018

Key problems highlighted as BC government prepares to launch review of EA processes

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment
February 8, 2018

Amendments needed to fulfill government’s promise to restore public trust in environmental decisions

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment, Lands & Forests, Fish & Wildlife, Healthy Waters, Climate and Energy
February 6, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Six years after the habitat provisions of the federal Fisheries Act were gutted, West Coast Environmental Law Association is pleased to see full habitat protection finally restored for all fish across Canada.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Fish & Wildlife, Marine Protection, Ocean Laws
January 30, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law applauds a new provincial plan announced today to restrict the transportation of diluted bitumen in BC unless the science shows that spills can safely be cleaned up.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Climate and Energy, Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
January 25, 2018

Commitment to sustainability, public participation and reconciliation essential in next-generation assessment law

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Environmental Assessment
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
December 14, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association is pleased to see today’s announcement that the BC government has refused to grant an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed KGHM Ajax open-pit gold and copper mine.

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Environmental Assessment, Lands & Forests, Indigenous Law, Indigenous Law, Environmental Legal Aid, EDRF Legal Aid Fund
December 14, 2017

VANCOUVER — BC’s Oil and Gas Commission withheld a report from the public for four years showing that 900 gas wells could be leaking methane - a finding that highlights why a public inquiry into oil and gas industry fracking operations is needed. 

Topics: Strong Environmental Laws, Lands & Forests, Healthy Waters, Climate and Energy
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

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