Environmental Law Alert Blog: 2017: A Look Ahead

Thursday, January 5, 2017 Check out our short video to meet some of our talented lawyers and see what we're most excited about for 2017! From providing legal aid for communities to defend their environment, to revitalizing Indigenous laws, and holding fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in climate change – this year the ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Caring for the Salish Sea

Monday, December 19, 2016 At West Coast we’re buckling down to protect the Salish Sea, the global atmosphere, and future generations – a journey that will take us through 2017 and likely well beyond.  My colleague Eugene Kung has described the new phase of efforts to stop the Kinder Morgan expansion. At the same time, we are ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Great Pipeline War

The next time Justin Trudeau visits Vancouver he'll have to keep a low profile, or wear plenty of camouflage paint.Because the Great Pipeline War has finally begun in earnest. But although the protests will be loud, and you can count me among those who believe that no new pipelines should be built.As T.S. Elliot wrote in ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Trudeau’s pipeline approvals fail to recognize the “magnitude” of the climate problem

Thursday, December 1, 2016 The thing that frustrated me most when watching the Prime Minister’s press conference earlier this week approving the Kinder Morgan and Line 3 pipelines is that he – or at least his government – knows that these pipelines undermine Canada’s climate goals and move us away from a sustainable future.  That’s ...

Alberta Politics: If Alberta PCs can’t ensure basic rules around inclusivity and harassment, they’re not fit to govern: Rachel Notley

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday afternoon’s press conference in the Legislature media room. Below: U.S. President Elect Donald Trump and his unsuccessful Democratic Party challenger, Hillary Clinton (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr). When a few journalists showed up in the Legislature’s media room yesterday afternoon for Rachel Notley’s news conference, called to offer ...

The Canadian Progressive: Dozens of Students Arrested in Ottawa Protesting Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Dozens of students from around Canada were arrested on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, while protesting Kinder Morgan’s proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The protest was the largest act of youth-led climate civil disobedience in Canadian history. The post Dozens of Students Arrested in Ottawa Protesting Kinder Morgan Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian ...

Alberta Politics: ‘Bernard the Roughneck’ campaign has been in preparation for months, may soon target Rachel Notley

PHOTOS: Neal (Bernard the Roughneck) Hancock’s first appearance on a well-known right-wing video blog in January 2015. (Screenshot) Below: Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Jason Kenney with his new friend Bernard, who was making a rare public appearance in mufti; Shannon Stubbs with her husband Shayne Saskiw and a friend; and Conservative Energy Critic John Barlow. ...

Alberta Politics: It can’t help the oil-well drillers’ campaign that ‘Bernard the Roughneck’ appeared in 2014 theatrical production

PHOTOS: Neal Hancock, nowadays better known as Bernard the Roughneck, with his co-star in a 2014 theatrical production in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. The play was about a boot-maker who had his foot amputated. Below: Lakeland MP Shannon Stubbs (from her Facebook account), Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors President Mark Scholz (from the CAODC’s website), ...

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 country. As the season winds down, our summer law students share their reflections on an exciting few months learning about the ins and outs of environmental law. From left to ...

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 country. As the season winds down, our summer law students share their reflections on an exciting few months learning about the ins and outs of environmental law. From left to ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Spills in BC: Will we be ready? Have your say

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Would BC be ready for a major spill? Now is your chance to have your say. The Government of BC is changing how we plan for and respond to spills in the province, and is holding a public comment period until June 30, 2016, on its proposed spill planning and response ...

Montreal Simon: How the Trudeau Government Can Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

As expected the National Energy Board has approved the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.The National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended approval of the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project, subject to a whopping 157 environmental, financial and technical conditions.But although the decision grates, it is predictable, because the NEB is stacked with Harper appointees.And ...

Cowichan Conversations: Disobedience-The Rise Of Global Fossil Fuel Resistance

  It has become crystal clear that our governments will only move as far and fast as they have to. The pressure from the corporate fossil fuel world, their bankers, and their obedient politicians Read more…

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Dilbit Dogma: On Pipelines to Tidewater

Friday, April 15, 2016 According to pipeline supporters and cheerleaders, one of the primary rationales for building pipelines to tidewater – Canada’s east or west coast – is to maximize the price that Canadians can get for tar sands oil by reaching world markets. A number of years ago this argument may have been true, ...

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Leader Adrian Dix Isn’t Short Sighted With His Position On Oil Pipelines

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor Cowichan Conversations and Common Sense Canadian contributor Kevin Logan has hit the big time with this opinion piece carried by the Vancouver Province. His was a response to an editorial quibbling with the BC NDP Leader’s announcement that the BC NDP were opposed to expanding the Kinder Morgan Pipeline that would ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Election Campaign Showing That The BC NDP Are Ready To Govern

Adrian Dix maintains a strong lead. It is just past a week into the BC Election Campaign and it is Adrian Dix showing that he knows his onions when it comes to campaigning. For some considerable time Adrian has aggressively pursued support in all constituencies through the province. Now he has kicked it up a  ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: The case of the tankers and the missing insurance money

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Kinder Morgan’s proposal to expand its oil pipeline from Alberta’s Tarsands to Burnaby will dramatically increase the number of oil tankers passing through the Salish Sea, and increase the likelihood of a spill.  But if and when there is a spill, the insurance funds available – $1.34 Billion – will be ...