Weve got a case of déjà vu

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r1 An instant replay of the failed Trans Mountain pipeline review ... r19 NOVEMBER 2018 | Donate | Leave a Legacy FacebookTwitter YouTube Instagram DONATE Dear Paov,

Have you heard the one about a government agency that rushes through a pipeline review with a limited timeline and scope? Yep, that joke is from 2016 but it just won’t quit, as we’ve seen so far in the new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

This month we’re wrestling with those feelings of déjà vu – of pipeline processes repeating mistakes, marine species facing familiar threats, and new environmental law proposals retaining some of the same old problems.

We’re also getting nostalgic about our law school days, now that applications are open for 2019 summer law student placements at West Coast. Learn more and apply by December 31st!
Déjà vu all over again: The NEB’s Taxpayer Mountain pipeline redo Like the song goes, “Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before”: the National Energy Board’s new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project is repeating the same mistakes as last time. From the tight timeline and scope to excluding the public at “public” hearings, this process is giving us a serious case of déjà vu.

Staff Lawyer Eugene Kung examines the flaws in the NEB’s Trans Mountain do-over and the potential for Canada to end up back in court.
Where there’s a whale, there’s a way From the Arctic narwhals, to the Atlantic belugas, to the Pacific sea otters and killer whales – marine mammals capture our imaginations, and play critical roles in the ecosystems they inhabit. That’s why they need stronger laws to protect them and the ecosystems they rely on.

Read Marine Scientist Maryann Watson’s deep dive into the legal protections marine mammals need to survive and thrive.
West Coast’s EDRF legal aid fund has more to offer Did you know West Coast offers free legal aid for individuals, First Nations and community groups to protect their health and environment? Right now we're working to make these services more accessible with a new application form, larger grants and increased rates for legal and expert services obtained through our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF).

Read more about how these services can help you.
Building blocks to allyship Being a good ally to Indigenous peoples is an ongoing process that is personal and constantly evolving. In our work at West Coast, we strive to be good allies but we recognize that we’re all learning along the way.

Staff Lawyer Erica Stahl and Articled Student Rayanna Seymour-Hourie reflect on the building blocks of allyship and their own experiences of what that can look like.
How does BC’s proposed new Environmental Assessment Act measure up? This month, the BC government tabled Bill 51, which replaces the current Environmental Assessment Act with a new law that aims to rebuild public trust and uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

But does it make the grade? Staff Lawyer Gavin Smith takes a look at what Bill 51 gets right, and how it can be improved.
Better regulation of professionals, yes.
But what about better environmental regulation?
Will Bill 49 fix BC's professional reliance problem? It's a good start, but next steps are badly needed.

Staff Lawyer Andrew Gage explains why the provincial government needs to take a sobering look inward on its role in poor environmental and public health regulation, and do better for future generations.
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