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Environmental Law Alert Blog

Through our Environmental Law Alert blog, West Coast keeps you up to date on the latest developments and issues in environmental law. This includes:

  • proposed changes to the law that will weaken, or strengthen, environmental protection;
  • stories and situations where existing environmental laws are failing to protect the environment; and
  • emerging legal strategies that could be used to protect our environment.

If you have an environmental story that we should hear about, please e-mail Andrew Gage. We welcome your comments on any of the posts to this blog – but please keep in mind our policies on comments.

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November 16, 2022

One year on from the November 2021 flood events in BC, it’s clear as we look towards the future there are no easy answers for the Lower Fraser River floodplain and the communities who live there.

Hummingbird in flight (Photo by Pete Nuij)
November 15, 2022

A version of this blog was originally published in Global Heroes. 

A new B.C. law for biodiversity and ecosystem health could give species and ecosystems a fighting chance to adapt to the detrimental impacts of climate change and turn the tide on decades of harmful cumulative impacts.

November 8, 2022

This blog originally appeared in Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine.

Old-fashioned artwork with magician on stage levitating a section of pipeline
October 19, 2022

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.

People in a small boat in a kelp forest on the central BC coast (Photo: Markus Thompson)
October 11, 2022

No matter where we come from, most of us want to care for the coast and ocean and the wildlife that call them home, and to leave a more abundant future for those to come.

Industrial landscape in Fort McMurray, AB
September 21, 2022

In July, Canada released a discussion paper outlining options and considerations for establishing a cap on oil and gas sector emissions, as part of its strategy for reaching its 2030 reductions target and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The discussion paper follows an announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau at the 26th United Nations climate summit in 2021 that Canada would impose a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector.

August 19, 2022

Vancouver’s ‘Sue Big Oil’ decision last month generated some loud controversy.

Water flowing near Little Qualicum Falls, Vancouver Island
August 17, 2022

In 2020 the Old Growth Strategic Review (OGSR) panel released their recommendation for overarching legislation on biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Let’s show our elected local government officials that British Columbians support this key legislation.

August 16, 2022

The world has been seeing some alarming trends in food and nutrition security, and Canada is no exception.

August 11, 2022

West Coast really lucked out this year with our incredible cohort of summer law students!