Environmental Law Alert Blog: Identifying Ecologically and Biologically Significant Marine Areas – a red herring?

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel – the marine area between Vancouver Island, Denman Island and Hornby Island – has been identified as an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area (EBSA) because of its importance as spawning habitat for herring. But does that mean it gets any extra protection? Marine Campaigner Maryann Watson ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Back to schools: Canada’s fish happy with new report, look forward to amended law

Monday, March 13, 2017 Fish across Canada breathed a sigh of relief when they saw the top recommendation from the Parliamentary Committee on Fisheries and Oceans’ report reviewing the Fisheries Act: to reinstate strong habitat protection for fish. Fish across Canada breathed a sigh of relief when they saw the top recommendation from the Parliamentary ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Let’s talk parks – and let’s talk marine protection

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 If you value parks as a way to protect biodiversity, there are two chances for you to speak up: Parks Canada is currently seeking public feedback on parks through its website, Let’s Talk Parks, and regulations for a proposed new marine protected area (MPA) for the Scott Islands are also open for ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Let’s talk parks – and let’s talk marine protection

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 If you value parks as a way to protect biodiversity, there are two chances for you to speak up: Parks Canada is currently seeking public feedback on parks through its website, Let’s Talk Parks, and regulations for a proposed new marine protected area (MPA) for the Scott Islands are also open for ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Surfacing the science for ocean protection: Reflections from a diver

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 West Coast's new Marine Campaigner Maryann Watson explains why she's looking forward to bringing together the important scientific information needed to make sound policy decisions and protect the marine environment. Surveying coral within a quadrat on Kiritimati atoll, Republic of Kiribati (Photo: Maryann Watson) read more

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Surfacing the science for ocean protection: Reflections from a diver

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 West Coast's new Marine Campaigner Maryann Watson explains why she's looking forward to bringing together the important scientific information needed to make sound policy decisions and protect the marine environment. Surveying coral within a quadrat on Kiritimati atoll, Republic of Kiribati (Photo: Maryann Watson) read more

Environmental Law Alert Blog: 2017: A Look Ahead to Protect Nature, Climate and Communities

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: 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 years ago, led ...

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 support to advance ...

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 it poses in ...

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 Smith reflects on his meetings with ...

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 that affect land, ...

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) read more

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. ...

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. ...

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: 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 and integrating science with law. When new, ground-breaking studies are published in the scientific world, it presents a unique opportunity to identify the implications this might have on shaping and influencing laws. A recent study, “Species and population diversity in Pacific ...

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 and integrating science with law. When new, ground-breaking studies are published in the scientific world, it presents a unique opportunity to identify the implications this might have on shaping and influencing laws. A recent study, “Species and population diversity in Pacific ...

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 Land Use Order, grounding the region’s land and forest protection into law. Now it’s time to anchor the Great Bear Sea solution – comprehensive ecosystem-based marine spatial plans – into law as well. It’s time to achieve lasting protection for ...

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 Land Use Order, grounding the region’s land and forest protection into law. Now it’s time to anchor the Great Bear Sea solution – comprehensive ecosystem-based marine spatial plans – into law as well. It’s time to achieve lasting protection for ...

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 to expire at the end of 2016. To keep its project alive, Northern Gateway has requested a three-year extension from the National Energy Board (NEB) and federal Cabinet. Now is the time to have your say on whether Enbridge should get another ...

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 BC’s Auditor General, Carol Bellringer, blasted the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Environment for the carte blanche they have provided to mining companies with little monitoring or compliance ...

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 our natural environment play? A recent poll from Insights West contains good and bad news for environmentally-minded voters, but nonetheless reminds us that the environment can and should play a major role in the coming election. Share your ...

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 – these names are etched in our consciousness. Yet we’re less familiar with the grandeur and ecological wonders of Canada’s ocean world. It’s time to make a splash and make Canadians proud of this essential part of our natural heritage and ...