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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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
Brief to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on how to strengthen Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act
In 2020, Nova Scotia MP Lenore Zann introduced Bill C-230 – a Private Member's Bill that seeks to develop a national strategy to examine the link between race, socio-economic status and environmental risk, as well as the disproportionate impacts of hazardous sites on the health of Indigenous and
Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) are defined by the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) as “lands and waters where Indigenous governments have the primary role in protecting and conserving ecosystems
Are you concerned about the health of your local shoreline, and wondering what your government(s) can do to help? Curious about the complex web of laws, policies and regulations governing the BC coast and ocean?