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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.

2020 Canadian Law Blog Awards Winner

August 11, 2022

West Coast really lucked out this year with our incredible cohort of summer law students!

July 25, 2022

Standing under the towering presence of a 600+ year old being, a hushed awe permeates the group. As we silently recognize the magnificence of this life form, I suspect I am not the only one who longs to hear the stories this tree carries.

July 19, 2022

This is the fifth blog in a series about the benefits of marine protected areas (MPAs) for nature and people.

July 18, 2022

This blog originally appeared in Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, where West Coast Executive Director and Senior Counsel Jessica Clogg is a regular columnist.

June 22, 2022

“We are going to sue Big Oil,” noted journalist Avi Lewis told us. “This is an historic moment, and you are going to be able to tell everyone you were here when it began.”

June 13, 2022

nʔaysnúlaʔxw iʔ k̓̓łluxwnwixwmntət (Ashnola Declaration)

On April 28, 2022, the sməlqmíx, the syilx people of the Similkameen Valley, declared the nʔaysnúlaʔxw snxaʔcnitkw (Ashnola Watershed) in its entirety and for all future generations an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA).

June 7, 2022

BC fisheries are struggling with declining stocks due to ever-increasing pressures from climate change, coastal development, pollution and industrial fishing. But we need only look to Indigenous leadership for solutions.

May 30, 2022

This is the fourth blog in a series about the benefits of marine protected areas (MPAs).

May 16, 2022

After a two-year hiatus because of COVID-19, cruise ships are back on the west coast, plying the waters and sensitive ecosystems of British Columbia, primarily travelling to and from Alaska.

May 5, 2022

Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRT) has produced a short video sharing some of the work it has been doing over the past five years through its RELAW project.

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