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Media Releases

February 3, 2011

Vancouver, BC - Calvin Sandborn has been awarded the Dr. Andrew Thompson Award by West Coast Environmental Law for his contribution to environmental protection and sustainability in British Columbia. 

February 1, 2011


West Coast Environmental Law is presenting the Dr. Andrew Thompson award to an environmental lawyer who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to environmental protection and sustainability in British Columbia.

January 5, 2011


District of Central Saanich repeals bylaw, pays court costs for neighbourhood group

Topics: Environmental Legal Aid, Green Communities
December 15, 2010

“Our lands and waters are not for sale, not at any price.”

Topics: Indigenous Law, Climate and Energy
December 13, 2010

For Immediate Release

Topics: Climate and Energy
December 6, 2010

For immediate release: December 7, 2010

Environmental groups praise support for today's vote


Topics: Climate and Energy
November 29, 2010

Pour diffusion immédiate : Le 30 novembre 2010

L’appel à l'interdiction de pétroliers sur la côte nord du Pacifique s'intensifie : les Premières nations et les industries côtières unissent leurs forces à Ottawa et font pression pour une nouvelle loi

Topics: Indigenous Law, Climate and Energy
November 29, 2010

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2010

Delegation says oil tankers threaten coastal economies and communities.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Indigenous Law
October 24, 2010


Topics: Climate and Energy, Canada's Environmental Reviews, Lands & Forests, Indigenous Law
September 30, 2010

Vancouver BC—On Friday afternoon, the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit of BC, representing a majority of First Nations and Tribal Councils in BC, stated that the

Topics: Climate and Energy, Indigenous Law
September 1, 2010

Vancouver, BC—Twelve environmental groups are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to save Fish Lake, home to 80,000 rainbow trout and sacred to the Tsilhqot’in First Nations.

Topics: Canada's Environmental Reviews, Indigenous Law
July 7, 2010

Vancouver, BC—Senate National Finance Committee heeds objections from conservation groups and votes to cut sections from federal budget that would severely weaken environmental assessment in Canada.

Topics: Canada's Environmental Reviews
June 20, 2010

Announcement brings B.C. one step closer to a legislated ban

For Immediate Release

Topics: Climate and Energy
May 31, 2010

Vancouver, BC—Proposed Budget bill allowed to pass House of Commons by MPs seeking to avoid an election contains buried sections that dangerously rewrite environmental assessment laws. Enviro groups ask Senate to put a stop to the bill.

Topics: Canada's Environmental Reviews
May 9, 2010

Vancouver, BC — Proposed Budget bill contains buried provisions that rewrite environmental assessment laws and would allow dangerous projects to go ahead virtually unchecked, environmental groups say.

Topics: Canada's Environmental Reviews
April 28, 2010

But BC must work with British Columbians to refine its approach if this potential is to be met.

Topics: Climate and Energy
April 19, 2010

Vancouver -  The provincial government’s decision to move ahead on the Site C dam is irresponsible given the massive environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the proposed hydroelectric project.

Topics: Indigenous Law, Climate and Energy
April 15, 2010

Vancouver, BC--New B.C. guidelines for forest carbon offsets are “fake climate change action” and will fail to reduce carbon emissions quickly or protect vulnerable ecosystems,eight environmental groups said today.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Lands & Forests
March 23, 2010

Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory - Several First Nations peoples on the Central and North Pacific Coast and Haida Gwaii issued a Declaration this week banning Tar Sands crude oil tankers from their territories, citing the potentially devastating risk of oil spills associated with

Topics: Indigenous Law, Climate and Energy
March 1, 2010

Victoria. The announcement, in BC Budget 2010/11, of $69 million for justice and policing operations ignores the virtual collapse of the enforcement of BC’s environmental laws, according to West Coast Environmental Law.

January 31, 2010

VICTORIA – This morning Chief Roland Willson and the entire Council of the West Moberly First Nations will walk into the Courthouse in Victoria, BC to ask the BC Supreme Court to overturn mining permits in the critical habitat of an endangered caribou herd.

Topics: Environmental Legal Aid
January 27, 2010

New report and accompanying letter signed by top international scientists and environmental thinkers urges government to integrate nature conservation into provincial climate action strategy.

Topics: Climate and Energy, Lands & Forests
January 5, 2010

Media Advisory

“Emerging Solutions for Clean Green Power in BC” a dialogue on concrete legal and policy solutions to advance truly clean, green, renewable electricity generation in BC.


Topics: Climate and Energy
December 16, 2009

Several environmental organizations today released a blueprint for improving the planning and development of renewable electricity projects in British Columbia.

Topics: Climate and Energy