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Environmental Law Alert Blog: Twelve pillars of a “next generation” of Canadian environmental assessment

Thursday, August 25, 2016 Canada needs a visionary new approach to assessing proposals that could … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Twelve pillars of a “next generation” of Canadian environmental assessment

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Twelve pillars of a “next generation” of Canadian environmental assessment

Thursday, August 25, 2016 Canada needs a visionary new approach to assessing proposals that could … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Twelve pillars of a “next generation” of Canadian environmental assessment

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a summer at West Coast

Friday, August 12, 2016 West Coast Environmental Law Association was lucky to have four talented students join us this summer from law schools across the co… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a summer at West Coast

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a summer at West Coast

Friday, August 12, 2016 West Coast Environmental Law Association was lucky to have four talented students join us this summer from law schools across the co… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Lessons from a summer at West Coast

Environmental Law Alert Blog: How will we build the next generation of environmental assessment for Canada?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 This June, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced that s… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: How will we build the next generation of environmental assessment for Canada?

Environmental Law Alert Blog: How will we build the next generation of environmental assessment for Canada?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 This June, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced that s… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: How will we build the next generation of environmental assessment for Canada?

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Why navigation protection is also environmental protection

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 The Canadian government has announced that the House Standing Committee on T… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Why navigation protection is also environmental protection

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Federal government reviews of environmental laws: Processes where people matter

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 On June 20, the federal government unveiled a wide-ranging review of the dr… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Federal government reviews of environmental laws: Processes where people matter

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water: The Cheakamus Retreat

Monday, June 20, 2016 The Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air, and Water (RELAW) Project is … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water: The Cheakamus Retreat

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Reflections on RELAW: The role of stories in law

Friday, June 17, 2016 West Coast is excited to launch the Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Ai… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Reflections on RELAW: The role of stories in law

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Addressing cumulative effects in BC’s north

Monday, May 30, 2016 Today, in conjunction with the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research (… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Addressing cumulative effects in BC’s north

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Working towards a next-generation environmental assessment law for Canada

Friday, May 20, 2016 On May 1-3, West Coast Environmental Law hosted a Federal Environmental Asses… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Working towards a next-generation environmental assessment law for Canada

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Emission Omission: Canadian government plans to assess only some pipeline greenhouse gases

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 The Canadian government wants to know what you think about its plans to co… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Emission Omission: Canadian government plans to assess only some pipeline greenhouse gases

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Getting to yes: A process for building Canada’s visionary new environmental assessment act

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Last November, in a federally-unprecedented move, Prime Minister Trudeau m… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Getting to yes: A process for building Canada’s visionary new environmental assessment act

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Province Can’t Pass the Buck on Oil Pipelines: BC Supreme Court

Thursday, January 14, 2016 West Coast has previously suggested that, in spite of the Province of B… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Province Can’t Pass the Buck on Oil Pipelines: BC Supreme Court

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Day 5: Northern Gateway seeks to defend the "gold standard" review process

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Day 5 of 6 – we are on the home stretch! Today we heard from Northern Gateway about what it labelled the “gold standard” approach to consultation and review for the project as a whole. Counsel for Northern Gateway argued that Northern Gateway went ‘above and beyond’ the . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Day 5: Northern Gateway seeks to defend the "gold standard" review process

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Day 3: Environmental and labour organizations challenge Enbridge approval

Monday, October 5, 2015

Another day down at the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver and just like that we are half way through the six day Enbridge hearing. Today we heard arguments from four environmental organizations and one labour union – all challenging the legal basis for the Enbridge pipeline approval. . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Day 3: Environmental and labour organizations challenge Enbridge approval

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Yinka Dene Alliance kick off Day 2 of the Enbridge hearing

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Day 2: Another inspired and spirited day at the Enbridge Hearing! The courtroom was jam-packed all day as lawyers for the Nak’azdli, Nadleh Whut’en, Gitga’at and Gitxaała Nations presented their arguments. This wrapped up the submissions from the eight First Nations applicants. Next Monday, October 5th, four environmental . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Yinka Dene Alliance kick off Day 2 of the Enbridge hearing

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Time travel with the National Energy Board – Where 15 months can feel like years

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

On September 24, 2015 the National Energy Board (NEB) did something remarkable. They stopped time. More precisely, they traveled back in time, to September 18, 2015, stopped time, then traveled back to the future, to January 8, 2016 to start it again. In the words of the Time . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Time travel with the National Energy Board – Where 15 months can feel like years

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Want to help protect our environment? Have your say on how you can have a say

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Meaningful public participation is a backbone of environmental assessment. But the BC environmental assessment backbone is broken. Now is your chance to help fix it.

Until May 26th at 9:00 am PDT, you can provide feedback to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) on its public participation processes by . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Want to help protect our environment? Have your say on how you can have a say

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Social licence: mob rule or democracy in action?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The term “social licence to operate” is used frequently by project proponents and in the media, but has recently attracted some controversy. However, In a context where Canada’s environmental laws are being aggressively weakened in favour of big resource companies, and where many Canadians are feeling alienated and . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Social licence: mob rule or democracy in action?

Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast and NWI Launch North Coast Community Dialogue Session Series on LNG and Cumulative Impacts Management

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On December 11, West Coast Environmental Law, along with the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research (NWI), co-hosted the first of a series of community dialogue sessions on LNG and cumulative impacts management.  We held the opening session in Prince Rupert last week and were moved by the depth . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast and NWI Launch North Coast Community Dialogue Session Series on LNG and Cumulative Impacts Management

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Canada’s Enbridge decision: An annotated guide

Thursday, June 19, 2014

If you've read the federal government's June 17 press release about Enbridge's Northern Gateway proposal, you might be wondering what it all means.  Here's our quick take on it. 

If you've read the federal government's June 17 press release about Enbridge's pipelines and tankers proposal (AKA . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Canada’s Enbridge decision: An annotated guide

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Investors ask: Is the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline becoming the new Keystone?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Investors are asking whether Kinder Morgan's Transmountain Pipeline could become the next Keystone, after Kinder Morgan’s statements about oil spills being good for the economy went viral.  Increasingly it is becoming clear that this project is not inevitable, and the National Energy Board's review process is becoming mired . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Investors ask: Is the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline becoming the new Keystone?

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Taseko Mines, what part of “No” don’t you understand?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last month, the federal government rejected Taseko Mines’proposal to build the controversial New Prosperity Project.  Again.  But Taseko is going to court arguing that the environmental assessment process that resulted in a “No” for the second time was based on an error, and that it should have yet . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Taseko Mines, what part of “No” don’t you understand?