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Environmental Law Alert Blog: The “other” Bill C-38 – Fish habitat redux and lessons for today

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Many Canadians who care about nature, democracy and Indigenous rights will recognize the name Bill C-38 – the omnibus budget bill from 2012 that dramatically weakened environmental protection under federal laws such as the Fisheries Act.

But did you know that Parliament debated another Bill C-38 almost forty . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: The “other” Bill C-38 – Fish habitat redux and lessons for today

Environmental Law Alert Blog: A new law is needed to protect citizens’ voices through the charities they support

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Canadian law and policy restricts the involvement of charities in public debate and public policy development – activities labeled by the Canada Revenue Agency as “political activities”. Limiting charities’ involvement in public debate and public policy development silences the voices of Canadians who rely on the charities they . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: A new law is needed to protect citizens’ voices through the charities they support

Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast Conversations: 6 questions that define the fight against Kinder Morgan

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

West Coast Staff Counsel Eugene Kung sat down with Senior Communications and Engagement Specialist Alexis Stoymenoff to discuss the recent report released by the Ministerial Panel on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project. Here’s what Eugene had to say about the report, and the six key questions . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast Conversations: 6 questions that define the fight against Kinder Morgan

Environmental Law Alert Blog: The imminent federal decision on Northern Gateway…and the oil tanker ban?

Monday, November 14, 2016

As the deadline approaches for a federal decision on the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, West Coast Environmental Law Staff Counsel Gavin Smith reflects on his meetings with Ministers to talk about the Pacific north coast oil tanker ban.

West Coast Environmental Law staff counsel Gavin . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: The imminent federal decision on Northern Gateway…and the oil tanker ban?

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Your guide to Canada’s environmental law reviews

Thursday, November 10, 2016

In June 2016, the government announced a sweeping review of federal environmental laws – including Canada's environmental assessment (EA) law and processes, the Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, and National Energy Board. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape Canada’s environmental laws and to contribute to decisions . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Your guide to Canada’s environmental law reviews

Environmental Law Alert Blog: When wild salmon win – toward a renewed Fisheries Act?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Fisheries Act failed to protect an important BC coastal salmon habitat. It’s time to renew the legislation.

Young salmon rearing in the Skeena River estuary. (Photo: Tavish Campbell)

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Environmental Law Alert Blog: What are we going to do about Site C?

Monday, August 15, 2016 As the Site C dam project forges ahead, West Coast's RELAW Project Man… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: What are we going to do about Site C?

Environmental Law Alert Blog: What are we going to do about Site C?

Monday, August 15, 2016

As the Site C dam project forges ahead, West Coast’s RELAW Project Manager Maxine Matilpi considers difficult questions about the future of the Peace River Valley and the Indigenous communities fighting to preserve their territories.

 

 

It’s the end of the day and our shared office is hot and stuffy. My colleague on the RELAW project, Georgia, asks with all seriousness, “What are we going to do about Site C?”

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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: Catching up with science: Salmon biodiversity and Aboriginal fisheries rights in BC

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 At West Coast Environmental Law, we are passionate about collaboration a… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Catching up with science: Salmon biodiversity and Aboriginal fisheries rights in BC

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Catching up with science: Salmon biodiversity and Aboriginal fisheries rights in BC

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 At West Coast Environmental Law, we are passionate about collaboration a… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Catching up with science: Salmon biodiversity and Aboriginal fisheries rights in BC

Environmental Law Alert Blog: #LovetheGreatBearSea: Put laws in place to protect it

Thursday, July 28, 2016 Earlier this year the BC government approved the Great Bear Rainforest Lan… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: #LovetheGreatBearSea: Put laws in place to protect it

Environmental Law Alert Blog: #LovetheGreatBearSea: Put laws in place to protect it

Thursday, July 28, 2016 Earlier this year the BC government approved the Great Bear Rainforest Lan… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: #LovetheGreatBearSea: Put laws in place to protect it

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Enbridge asks for another shot: Public comment period open on Northern Gateway’s request to extend its expiring federal approval

Friday, June 3, 2016 The Enbridge Northern Gateway project's conditional approval is on track … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Enbridge asks for another shot: Public comment period open on Northern Gateway’s request to extend its expiring federal approval

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Poor mines enforcement undermines social licence

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 BC’s government accuses political opponents of being too keen to say “no” to development, but a recent report by B… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Poor mines enforcement undermines social licence

Environmental Law Alert Blog: How do we make the environment a top issue in Supernatural BC’s next election?

Thursday, May 26, 2016 One year to go until BC’s next election – what role will defending ou… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: How do we make the environment a top issue in Supernatural BC’s next election?

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Making a splash: Time for Canada to catch up as marine protected area networks take off around the world

Monday, May 16, 2016 Canadians love parks and wilderness. Banff, Nahanni, Algonquin, Gros Morne &n… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Making a splash: Time for Canada to catch up as marine protected area networks take off around the world

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Taking action on fish habitat protection

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Momentum is growing to get habitat protection reinstated into the federal … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Taking action on fish habitat protection

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Scaling Up the Fisheries Act: #Act4Fish

Thursday, March 24, 2016 Fish matter to Canadians. Fish habitat, called the “bedrock” … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Scaling Up the Fisheries Act: #Act4Fish

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mining good and bad news from a Mines Act announcement

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Good news and bad news on the environmental enforcement front from a recen… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mining good and bad news from a Mines Act announcement

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Is BC’s environmental enforcement plummeting because conservation officers are stuck at their desks?

Monday, September 21, 2015

During the summer a news story on Global TV suggested that BC has too few conservation officers to deal with all of the problem wildlife calls. The key report that Global based this story on also helps explain why BC's enforcement of environmental laws been dropping for well . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Is BC’s environmental enforcement plummeting because conservation officers are stuck at their desks?

Environmental Law Alert Blog: An open letter to FactsCan.ca on Navigable Waters and Environmental Protection

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dear FactsCan.ca – We write in regard to your recent “fact check” of a 2014 petition by the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) related to the removal of environmental protection from 2.5 million of Canada’s lakes and rivers. The NDP states that “Canada went from 2.5 million . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: An open letter to FactsCan.ca on Navigable Waters and Environmental Protection

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Pricing the priceless: Why BC’s new water prices don’t violate NAFTA

Friday, July 17, 2015

We have suggested that BC's new water rates are too low – an assessment shared by the signatories to a SumofUs.org petition signed by 225,000 people. As a result, the BC government has commited to review its water rates. But with former MLA Judy Tyabji suggesting that we . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Pricing the priceless: Why BC’s new water prices don’t violate NAFTA

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mini-SLAPP provisions dropped from new BC Societies Act

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Today Bill 24, a new Societies Act, was introduced in the BC Legislature. We are very happy to be able to confirm that the controversial “Section 99”, which had been proposed in a government discussion paper, has been dropped.  We’re inviting British Columbians to thank Finance Minister de . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mini-SLAPP provisions dropped from new BC Societies Act