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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.

Photo Credit: Steven Godfrey
June 21, 2019
Support a motion to make fossil fuel polluters pay a share of local climate costs

We need your help!

Tell Vancouver Council to vote next week to hold Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other global fossil fuel companies responsible for a share of Vancouver’s climate costs.

Photo Credit: Ecowaste Philippines
June 18, 2019

Photo: Ecowaste Coalition of the Philippines

This is a guest post by Kathleen Ruff, Director of With support from our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF), Kathleen sought a legal opinion to determine whether Canada’s refusal to bring back Canadian wastes exported to the Philippines violated international law.

Photo Credit: Alana Paterson
June 4, 2019

Efforts to protect BC’s northern coast go back half a century and are not to be taken lightly as the Senate considers killing Bill C-48.

Photo credit: A. Wright
May 29, 2019

At Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald famously referred to Canada’s Senate as a chamber of sober second thought. One, he said, that “will never set itself in opposition against the deliberate and understood wishes of the people.”

Sir John A. should be turning in his grave.

Delegates at the NCLGA conference (Photo: Andrew Gage)
May 15, 2019

My work to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for local climate costs, through our Climate Law in our Hands initiative, has provoked strong reactions.

Price pollution: Our kids are worth it (Background photo: Billy Wilson via Flickr)
May 15, 2019

May 3rd, 2019 was a great day for climate action.

Bill C-48 Tanker Ban
May 14, 2019

A legislated oil tanker ban on the north Pacific coast is within reach. Senators are preparing to vote on Bill C-48 – the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act – and they need to hear from you one last time.

J16 SRKW Photo by: Miles Ritter
April 30, 2019

People have strong attachments to killer whales in British Columbia. They star in stories, art and legends of many First Nations and coastal communities.

SRKWs chasing salmon (Oregon State University via Flickr)
April 29, 2019

Each year, the number of southern resident killer whales (SRKWs) in the Salish Sea declines, another seemingly doomed species in the age of the Sixth Extinction.

Vancouver Climate Emergency Debate
April 23, 2019

Forty-nine years ago Earth Day was born. Millions of people are working on solutions to the Earth’s deep and intractable human-caused maladies.