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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
Legal Backgrounder: Impact Assessment Act Reference Case

West Coast Environmental Law has intervened on behalf of Nature Canada in the constitutional reference of the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA) at the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: May 2022
Pages: 4
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
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West Coast Environmental Law joined 200 environmental groups from across Canada in sending an open letter urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, support Indigenous-led conservation, restore ecosystems and advance environmental justice.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: November 2021
Pages: 15

Climate change is here. British Columbians need a government that will keep them safe from rising global temperatures and related impacts. But BC's government is not moving urgently or doing enough.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, Multiple authors
Publication Date: August 2021
Pages: 4
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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
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On June 29, 2021, Blueberry River First Nations ("Blueberry") won a ground-breaking case that provides urgent legal direction to the BC Government to stop the “death by a thousand cuts” resulting from its disconnected, piecemeal approvals for activities like logging, oil and gas development, dams

Author: Gavin Smith - Staff Lawyer, Jack Jones - Law Student
Publication Date: July 2021
Pages: 14
Impact Assessment Act report cover with Canada map

Enacted in 2019 to fulfil election campaign commitments to introduce new, fair environmental review processes for new industrial projects and proposals, the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) is intended to foster sustainability, avoid adverse effects and respect the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: June 2021
Pages: 33

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