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Martine Panzica

Martine Panzica (she/her/hers) is the Climate Communications Specialist at West Coast Environmental Law. 

Martine holds a BA in Global Politics from Carleton University, and a MA in International Development from Dalhousie University. Prior to her time at West Coast, Martine has worked in communications and editing with Lion’s Roar Magazine, the Atlantic Council of International Cooperation (ACIC), and Dalhousie University. 

Climate report confirms BC won't meet targets thanks to LNG Canada

At the end of November, BC’s Minister of Environment issued its 2022 Climate Change Accountability Report, boasting in a press release about “progress made in key areas.” The BC media entirely failed to cover it – which is disappointing, because, as Minister Heyman pointed out in the press release, the report is intended to be “a cornerstone of our tra

Hocus Pocus: How Trans Mountain’s accounting magic creates the illusion of commercial viability

Our work to oppose the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) is grounded in upholding Indigenous rights, fighting climate change, and preventing the devastating local impacts of an oil spill. Since 2014, we have also focused on analyzing and critiquing the economic arguments presented by Trans Mountain’s owners, Kinder Morgan and the Canadian government, because they are supposed to justify the harms.  

New Report Projects Federal Government Will Forgive $17 Billion of Trans Mountain’s Debt to Canadians

Vancouver, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories – West Coast Environmental Law released a new report today that shows how Ottawa’s lack of transparency, unusual corporate structure, and accounting wizardry is creating the illusion that Trans Mountain is commercially viable.

Trans Mountain: Compromised viability to cost taxpayers more than $17 billion

In February 2022, the federal government announced that the cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX) had soared to $21,400,000,000, and Canadians were told “the government will spend no additional public money on the project” and “the project remains commercially viable.” New analysis by economist Robyn Allan disproves both claims and shows how the federal government is hiding Trans Mountain’s compromised viability.