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Environmental groups applaud Burnaby City Council's vote to sue big oil for climate costs

Burnaby, BC / Unceded Coast Salish Territories – Yesterday evening, Burnaby City Council voted 8-1 to support a class action lawsuit brought by BC local governments against the world’s largest fossil fuel companies. With Lower Mainland municipalities facing billions of dollars in climate change-related expenses, Burnaby is seeking to recover essential resources for BC communities and hold major polluters accountable for their role in climate change. Burnaby is the sixth and largest municipality in BC to pledge its support for the proposed lawsuit, and the first in the Lower Mainland.

The economic case for suing Big Oil

What is a local government to do when it has a “funding gap” that will expose its residents to climate impacts and prevent it from meeting its climate goals? That’s the question that staff at the District of Saanich dealt with as they wrote up their fifth Annual Climate Plan Report Card.

The answer? They proposed that Saanich look into the option of collaborating with other local governments to sue global fossil fuel companies. And on Monday, February 12th, Saanich Council unanimously adopted their recommendation – instructing staff to explore that legal option further.

WCEL Submission to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources Regarding Bill C-49

This submission contains West Coast Environmental Law's joint submission (under SeaBlue Canada) to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources Regarding Bill C-49, An Act to amend the Canada—Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act, and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.