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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
TMX Delays Report cover

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
White page with WCELaw header and text

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
Climate Cost Menu Title Page

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

Brief to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on how to strengthen Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association, Ecojustice, Climate Action Network Canada, Équiterre
Publication Date: May 2021
Pages: 9
Strengthening Bill C-12 - Cover Page

How does Bill C-12, the proposed Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, stack up to leading thinking on how to ensure Canada does its fair share in the global effort to avoid a catastrophic climate crisis?

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 4

Healthy coastal ecosystems are essential for maintaining biodiversity and liveable coastal communities, providing critical habitat, water quality protection, food and medicinal plants for harvesting, lessening of coastal erosion, resilience to climate change, and flood regulation.

Author: Deborah Carlson - Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 44

Canada has missed every greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction target that has been set prior to its 2030 target. In order to meet our obligations to address climate change, a legal framework is needed to ensure accountability.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: June 2020
Pages: 44
TMX Legal Timeline

Since the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project (TMX) was first proposed in 2013, there has been a series of legal challenges over government decisions to approve the project.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: April 2020
Pages: 1

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