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BC Syndicated Polling included in Stratcom's quarterly omnibus survey finds that 69% of British Columbians support their local government working with other local governments to sue the world’s most polluting oil companies for a share of the costs of climate change.

Author: Stratcom Strategic Communications
Publication Date: August 2022
Pages: 11

This brief outlines legal options for implementing a federal cap on oil and gas emissions throughout Canada.

Author: Anna Johnston – Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: July 2022
Pages: 7

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).

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: June 2022
Legal Backgrounder: Impact Assessment Act Reference Case

West Coast Environmental Law has intervened on behalf of Nature Canada in the constitutional reference of the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA) at the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: May 2022
Pages: 4
Draft OPP Submission cover page

In early 2022, the BC government sought input on its Draft Offset Protocol Policy ("Draft OPP"), which outlines the government's proposed plans for oversight of new market-based p

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: April 2022
Pages: 7
Net Zero or Net Reckless

NETs are technologies that remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and permanently store it, resulting in the net removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Fiona Koza (MSc.), Climate Accountability Strategist, Andrew Gage (LLB), Staff Lawyer, Silvie Harder (Ph.D)
Publication Date: March 2022
Pages: 61

Investing in healthy watersheds tackles many priorities in the face of cumulative environmental and climate impacts: species recovery, job creation, reconciliation, community resilience, and more.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: March 2022
Pages: 4

The Discussion Paper is the result of an Indigenous-led engagement process led by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, with the support of the First Nations Energy and Mining Council and West Coast Environmental Law.

Author: Estella White – hińačačišt, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: January 2022
Pages: 30

This legal synthesis and its summary consolidate the year-long learning of what stories, both sxwōxwiyám/ sx̌ʷəx̌ʷəyém (‘stories of the distant past’ or ‘tell stories’) and sqwélqwel/ sqʷelqʷəl (‘true news’ or ‘oral stories’), and Elders' knowledge teach us about Indigenous laws related to watershed management and fisheries governance in the Lower Fraser.

Author: LFFA-RELAW Team
Publication Date: January 2022

In October 2021, the BC government announced its intention to launch a comprehensive review of the province's oil and gas royalty framework and ensure it is modernized, aligned with the government’s climate goals and provides a fair return for British Columbians. This is the first major review in

Author: Andrew Gage
Publication Date: December 2021
Pages: 4

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