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Healthy coastal ecosystems are essential for maintaining biodiversity and liveable coastal communities, providing critical habitat, water quality protection, food and medicinal plants for harvesting, lessening of coastal erosion, resilience to climate change, and flood regulation.

Author: Deborah Carlson - Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 44

Canada has missed every greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction target that has been set prior to its 2030 target. In order to meet our obligations to address climate change, a legal framework is needed to ensure accountability.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2020
Pages: 44
TMX Legal Timeline

Since the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project (TMX) was first proposed in 2013, there has been a series of legal challenges over government decisions to approve the project.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: April 2020
Pages: 1
BC Emergency Management Joint Submission

In January 2020, the BC government sought public input on the province's emergency management legislation. 

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 5

In January 2020, the BC government invited the public to share their views about a climate adaptation strategy for British Columbia.

Author: Andrew Gage, Deborah Carlson
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 6

With a federal election approaching this fall, Canada’s political parties are preparing their climate platforms.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2019
Pages: 16
CleanBC Climate Accountability joint letter

With the CleanBC plan, the BC government has committed to the development of a climate accountability framework. West Coast Environmental Law and our allies agree that it is essential for the climate accountability process outlined in CleanBC be grounded in law.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2019
Pages: 4
Suing Fossil Fuel Giants Backgrounder

In January 2017, over 50 BC-based environmental groups asked the province’s local governments to consider a class action lawsuit to recover a share of their climate-related costs from global fossil fuel companies.

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: April 2019
Pages: 4

Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, is about protecting a remote an ecologically important place from the introduction of a risk that does not currently exist there, namely the introduction of bulk crude oil tanker traffic.

Author: Gavin Smith
Publication Date: April 2019
Pages: 12

In December 2018, the BC government introduced its new climate plan – CleanBC – which includes a number of important steps to help reduce the province's greenhouse gas emissions and move toward a more sustainable economy.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: February 2019
Pages: 3

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