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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

West Coast Environmental Law joins 33 environmental, justice and community organizations to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Catherine McKenna to institute a robust approach to climate accountability to ensure we do not miss our targets.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: December 2018
Pages: 5

Together with Ecojustice, Pembina, Georgia Strait Alliance and Organizing for Change, West Coast Environmental Law Association has been insisting that BC’s climate action needs to be transparent, accountable and ambitious.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Pembina Institute, Georgia Strait Alliance, Ecojustice, Organizing for Change
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 7

As BC prepares its Budget 2019, West Coast Environmental Law is challenging it to begin tracking the costs that climate change is increasingly imposing on the province.

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 6

BC communities face a rising tide of climate costs. Prior to the 2018 municipal election, West Coast Environmental Law has produced Climate Law In Our Hands: A Resource for Local Government Candidates.

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer, Anjali Appadurai, Climate Communications Specialist
Publication Date: September 2018
Pages: 16

In July 2018, the federal government published a discussion paper, “Developing a Strategic Assessment of Climate Change,” which proposes key processes and questions to guide an assessment of how to better consider climate in environmental assessments.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer, Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: September 2018
Pages: 7

In August 2018, the BC government asked for public feedback on their “Clean Growth” intentions papers, which set out next steps in addressing climate change through “Clean, Efficient Buildings,” “Clean Transportation” and “Clean Growth for Industry.”

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 8

West Coast Environmental Law is one of more than 50 groups sending this letter to Premier John Horgan asking the BC government to enact a Liability for Climate-related Harms Act.

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 4

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