Monday, April 22, 2013
We’re asking all political parties to support banning the use, sale and retail display of cosmetic pesticides used on public and private lands – something only the provincial government has the power to do. How can you help? Spread the word, share this blog post with your friends, email BC’s party leaders and find out what they’re doing to help ban the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides. A Guest Post by Nazanine Parent, cancer survivor and Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon volunteer.
A Guest Post by Nazanine Parent, cancer survivor and Canadian Cancer (Read more…) BC and Yukon volunteer. The West Coast Environmental Law Association has been working closely with the Canadian Cancer Society and other organizations to press for a ban on cosmetic pesticide use in BC.
Top 5 reasons to ban cosmetic pesticides
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
In BC, key protection for fish habitat is supposed to be provided by the Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) – a law intended to ensure that residential and other development is set back from the waterways that provide critical fish habitat on lands regulated by local governments. Unfortunately, this law is not working because the RAR turns responsibility for assessing exactly what is needed to protect fish habitat over to private professionals – consultants hired by the developer. If that’s not the fox guarding the hen house, it’s at least the fox hiring the guard.
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Monday, March 11, 2013
When is a municipality not a municipality? When no one lives there. West Coast Environmental Law is proud to support the West Kootenay Ecosociety in their challenge to the the Jumbo Glacier Resort Mountain Municipality – a “municipality” without people, with a mayor and council appointed by the cabinet, created to facilitate the development of the Jumbo Glacier Resort. We hope that this case will establish that a municipality is a fundamental unit of democracy – not a tool that can be manipulated for the benefit of a large developer.
When is a
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Copenhagen is the world’s poster-child for bicycle-friendly transportation. But that’s partly because they have aggressive goals for what transportation should look like. Check out Copenhagen’s Transportation Pyramid, which prioritizes biking and walking over all other modes of transportation. In essence the Copenhagen Transportation Pyramid turns North American upside-down transportation planning right-side up, and it’s worth imagining what we would need to do if we adopted similar goals.
Denmark, and in particular Copenhagen, is the world’s poster-child for bicycle-friendly transportation. But that’s partly because they have aggressive goals for what transportation should
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Friday, May 11, 2012
As the BC Legislature’s Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides grapples with the question of whether to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides, a recent report by Health Canada seems to confirm that humans, pets and the environment have something to fear from such pesticides. The Pesticide Incident Reporting Program – Third Annual Report, released on April 27th, found that a large portion of reported pesticide poisonings and other unexpected side effects in Canada involve domestic pesticides used in people’s homes.
As the BC Legislature’s Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides grapples with the question of
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference held each year in Eugene Oregon is, perhaps, the Mecca of environmental lawyers. It brings together literally thousands of lawyers, law students, community activists, and others to discuss whether and how the law can be used to protect the environment. This year – the 30th Conference – West Coast Environmental Law had a good contingent: Lawyers Josh Paterson and Andrew Gage, and Interns Nicole Petersen and Julia Martignoni. Andrew and Julia pool their collective impressions, lessons and views, to talk about some of the things that they
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Friday, January 27, 2012
The record level of public engagement shown in the recent BC government consultations on cosmetic pesticides (8,700 people) shows that democracy is alive and well in BC. Whether you were one of the thousands of people who made their views known in that consultation or not, why not raise your voice for the environment in one of the other public consultations that the government is carrying out? Right now you can make your views known on the government's proposed, sweeping "Environmental Mitigation Policy" and/or on a program to fund energy efficiency retro-fits through the energy
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Monday, November 7, 2011 Today (November 7th) I’m appearing before the BC Legislature’s Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides to argue in fav… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: The legal arguments in favour of a cosmetic pesticide ban
Thursday, October 13, 2011 At the end of September, West Coast lawyers hit the Union of B.C. … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Local governments on the south coast make a move on oil tankers
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Several days spent at the end of September at UBCM, the annual gatheri… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Local governments take a stand on nature and climate strategy
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 On September 13th, 2011, the Land Use Committee A of the Capital Regional District (CRD) voted to reject a rezoning proposal t… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Victory: CRD says no to Marine Trail Resort
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 A BC Court of Appeal decision issued earlier this month (July 5th) has conf… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: BC law fails to protect fish habitat
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Last week (on July 13th), Madame Justice Wedge of the BC Supreme Court side… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Halalt Nation’s win protects Chemainus River
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Anyone interested in rapid transit in Vancouver has until this Friday, April 22nd to tell Translink what they think about the propos… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Rap on Rapid Transit