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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.

May 7, 2018

Now’s the time to raise your voice to help stem the rising tide of plastic waste, before it turns into a tsunami.

Horgan Notley Trudeau Meeting (Photo: Prime Minister's Office)
April 19, 2018

Kinder Morgan has set a May 31 deadline to get political certainty. What can the federal government do to achieve this? And will it alleviate the host of legal, financial, reputational and practical risks facing the project?

English Bay Spill 2015 Jeremy Board
April 18, 2018

The 2015 Marathassa fuel spill in the Vancouver harbour, and the 2017

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make sure that our waters and coast are protected from oil spills – not just from Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers, but from any source for the future – through the modernization of our oil spill regulations in BC.

Game of Floods, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
April 18, 2018

At a workshop held in Delaware this month, participants played a “Game of Floods” to learn in an interactive way about the risks that sea level rise poses to their community.

Emergency sign
April 16, 2018

Some years ago I was discussing the lack of Canadian action on climate change with a young man who confided that he was suffering from Lyme disease, which he had contracted in a region that not long ago had been free from the disease. For me, that young man remains the face of the health impacts of climate change.

April 12, 2018

High up in the Peruvian Andes, a small farming community called Huarez finds itself in danger of being flooded by a nearby glacier.

Press conference for Ontario Liability for Climate-Related Harms Act
April 5, 2018

Last week (on March 26th) Mr. Peter Tabuns, the Ontario NDP’s Environment and Climate Change Critic, introduced Bill 21, the Liability for Climate-related Harms Act, 2018 into the Ontario Legislature.

Fin Whale by Tavish Campbell
March 29, 2018

Has the north coast oil tanker ban stalled in Parliament?

Whanganui River View
March 22, 2018

On March 20th, 2017, the New Zealand government enacted legislation recognizing the Whanganui River as a legal person, holding rights and responsibilities equivalent to a person.

Protect the Inlet March (Photo: Ian MacKenzie)
March 22, 2018

Things are heating up in the battle to stop Kinder Morgan. At time of writing, dozens of water protectors have been arrested for violating a court injunction issued last week. Here is a recap of how we got here.

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