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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.

October 15, 2019

Greta Thunberg may not have received this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but her nomination reflects the work being done by countless youth around the world who have given the climate movement a new m

Coastal storm, Vancouver Island (Photo: Harold via Flickr)
September 25, 2019

This week a special subgroup of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) spoke out about the state of the world’s oceans and coasts. The facts are worrying – sea levels are rising, marine species hover on the brink of extinction, and ocean water quality is deteriorating.

Photo credit: Tyler Batty
September 18, 2019

The BC Government is seeking public input until October 7, 2019, on its

September 5, 2019

H̓aíkḷa: To make things right – An opportunity for change

First Nations announce a new round of TMX legal challenges (Photo: Eugene Kung)
August 21, 2019

The federal cabinet’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Project (“TMX” or “the Project”) on June 18, 2019 was hardly shocking news.

Water testing
August 21, 2019

The fifth anniversary of the Mount Polley Mine Disaster has come and gone.

Climate Change Election Advertising Warning
August 20, 2019

It sounded like something out of Orwell’s 1984: the Canadian media reported that Elections Canada had indicated that charities and non-profits who speak out about climate change could be considered “pa

Law Students Whitney Vicente, Isabelle Lefroy, Jessie Schwarz and Christopher Mottershead
August 20, 2019

As summer draws to a close, West Coast is saying goodbye to another cohort of dedicated summer law students who have contributed to our legal programs over the past few months. Each year we host a new group of lawyers-to-be, who assist greatly with legal research, developing educational resources, legal aid support and more.

Photo Credit: Zug Zwang
August 8, 2019

Marine protected areas (MPAs) come in many shapes and sizes, and are created under a welter of different laws.

Photo Credit: Alessandra Giansante
July 17, 2019

The response to plastic needs to be drastic!

Imagine it’s summertime, and you’re having a backyard barbeque with some friends. You have some beers, a little something sizzling on the grill and maybe some fresh seafood. Sounds enticing, right?

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