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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.

Carbon majors
October 22, 2017

When it comes to climate change, there is no free lunch. But sometimes people are stuck arguing over the bill.

Denman Island Beach Cleanup
October 18, 2017

In 2016, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation reported that plastic debris is currently entering the ocean at a rate of one garbage truck per minute.

Kispiox River (Photo: Jessica Clogg)
October 15, 2017

West Coast Environmental Law recently published a report called Paddling Together: Co-Governance Models for Regional Cumulative Effects Management.

Photo: Neil Ever Osborne
October 15, 2017

Even a quick glance at the daily headlines of any paper or newsfeed makes it pretty clear that we are subject to a continuous torrent of disputes over resource development and the risks it presents to ecosystems and human communities.

Wrong Way Sign - AB Tar Sands
October 15, 2017

Road sign along the route of the Tar Sands Healing Walk, Treaty 6 Territory, Alberta, 2014. (Photo: Eugene Kung)

North Atlantic right whale
September 26, 2017

Last century, law turned the tide on many plummeting whale populations through a ban on most commercial whaling.

San Francisco Sunset (Christian Arballo)
September 20, 2017

We congratulate the cities of San Francisco and Oakland for insisting that their taxpayers shouldn’t pick up the full tab for the escalating costs of climate change.

NAFTA flags
September 18, 2017

This post is Part 1 in a series about NAFTA and its implications on the environment. Read Part 2 here.

RELAW: Living our Indigenous Laws Screenshot
September 17, 2017

As the project lead for the RELAW Project (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water), I often reflect upon the importance of our work – especially this summer, as I was feeling the effects of the wildfires in BC, hearing about the floods i

StopKM Rally - Sept 2017
September 14, 2017

On October 2, 2017 – in just over two weeks – the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) is scheduled to start the longest hearing in its history, for the consolidated challenges to the National Energy Board (NEB) and Federal Cabinet approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Project.