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At West Coast, we know that people in British Columbia care about protecting the places where they live, work and play. And when they have legal questions related to an environmental problem, our team can help find some answers.

Each year, our staff lawyers provide hundreds of hours of legal information and advice to Indigenous peoples, individuals and advocacy groups facing environmental justice and environmental health problems in BC. We want to help people understand their legal options so they can better protect the health of their environment and communities.

Our legal advice program usually consists of a phone call or email to help you understand the law and the legal options you have to address an environmental concern. Sometimes, where it is likely to result in an immediate environmental benefit, our lawyers will write a letter or make a telephone call to a government decision-maker.

If you have an environmental concern and need to speak to a lawyer, please contact Staff Counsel Erica Stahl.

Email: erica_stahl@wcel.org
Phone: 604-684-7378 ext. 229
Toll-free in BC: 1-800-330-9235 ext. 229

If our staff determines that an issue requires more than basic legal advice, we may encourage you to apply to our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund and/or refer you to a private lawyer.

Please note that we are an environmental organization and we will not provide legal advice for matters that, in the opinion of our staff, are contrary to the environmental objectives of West Coast Environmental Law. Any legal advice given by West Coast Environmental Law staff is subject to our legal advice policy.

 

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Team

Erica Stahl
Staff Counsel
Andrew Gage
Staff Counsel
Linda Nowlan
Staff Counsel
Hannah Askew Staff Counsel
Staff Counsel
Lindsay Borrows Articled Student
Staff Counsel
Deborah Carlson
Staff Counsel
Anna Johnston
Staff Counsel
Eugene Kung Staff Counsel
Staff Counsel
Georgia Lloyd-Smith Staff Counsel
Staff Counsel
Gavin Smith Staff Counsel
Staff Counsel