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BC Syndicated Polling included in Stratcom's quarterly omnibus survey finds that 69% of British Columbians support their local government working with other local governments to sue the world’s most polluting oil companies for a share of the costs of climate change.

Author: Stratcom Strategic Communications
Publication Date: August 2022
Pages: 11

This brief outlines legal options for implementing a federal cap on oil and gas emissions throughout Canada.

Author: Anna Johnston – Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: July 2022
Pages: 7
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In early 2022, the BC government sought input on its Draft Offset Protocol Policy ("Draft OPP"), which outlines the government's proposed plans for oversight of new market-based p

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: April 2022
Pages: 7
Net Zero or Net Reckless

NETs are technologies that remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and permanently store it, resulting in the net removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Fiona Koza (MSc.), Climate Accountability Strategist, Andrew Gage (LLB), Staff Lawyer, Silvie Harder (Ph.D)
Publication Date: March 2022
Pages: 61

In October 2021, the BC government announced its intention to launch a comprehensive review of the province's oil and gas royalty framework and ensure it is modernized, aligned with the government’s climate goals and provides a fair return for British Columbians. This is the first major review in

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: December 2021
Pages: 4
Confront the Climate Emergency - Open Letter

In the wake of summer 2021's deadly heat wave and unprecedented fires, nearly 200 organizations representing well over one million British Columbians joined in a call to the BC government to fundamentally reboot its CleanBC plan and implement a genuine and transformative climate emergency

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: September 2021
Pages: 7
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With construction underway on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX), many Canadians are seeking greater transparency about the delays and rising costs associated with this publicly-funded pipeline and tanker project.

Author: Eugene Kung, Staff Lawyer, Jack Jones, Law Student
Publication Date: September 2021
Pages: 28
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In June 2021, the West Coast Environmental Law Association, West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation, and the West Coast Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund Society (West Coast Environmental Law or WCEL) were advi

Author: Jessica Clogg - Executive Director
Publication Date: July 2021
Pages: 17

Brief to the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on the strengths and areas for improvement of Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, submitted by West Coast Environmental Law Association, Climate Action Network Canada, Equiterre and

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: June 2021
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BC communities have made admirable progress in adapting to climate change. However, many communities in the province are still in the early stages of climate change adaptation.

Author: Charles Pan, Pulkit Kathuria, Xuerou Wang
Publication Date: May 2021
Pages: 34