Cozy up with enviro law resources this season


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Dear Paov,

With a new BC government elected, an all-consuming American election (mostly) behind us and a coronavirus vaccine on the distant horizon, it’s time to take a breath and refocus our energy for the season ahead. Despite keeping our distance during this challenging second wave, we’re feeling more connected than ever with our supporters, readers, donors and allies through our latest projects and webinars.

From climate law webinars to new coastal reports and dialogues on Indigenous-led conservation, there’s been a lot going on. Don’t worry if you’ve been too busy to catch it all. You can always catch up later – our recordings and other resources will be there whenever you need them.

Unravelling the colonial thread: a look at the lobster fishery dispute in Mi’kma’ki Hand holding lobsterIndigenous nations have stewarded their own territories for millennia, but the colonial narrative has engrained racist assumptions in Canada’s laws and society – like the assumption that Indigenous peoples can’t sustainably manage fisheries.

Staff Lawyers Rayanna Seymour-Hourie & Deborah Carlson take a look at the Mi’kmaw fisheries dispute, questioning who has the authority to govern Indigenous livelihood activities, and highlighting new alliances that are forming with the shared goal of untying harmful colonial laws.
16 fair questions for Trans Mountain’s AGM: an economic updateMoney tornado around a pipelineThe economic case for the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX) is getting slimmer and slimmer. And astonishingly, updated financial info regarding TMX is less available to the public, now that the project is publicly owned.

Ahead of the Canada Development Investment Corp (CDEV) AGM this week, Eugene Kung asked 16 fair questions about the rising costs and taxpayer risks that come with pipeline expansion in a rapidly shrinking oil market and a warming world.
Policy and Planning for Coastal Ecosystems in British Columbia through a Blue Carbon Lenswoman walking in a field on coastWe are thrilled to share a timely new report by Staff Lawyer Deborah Carlson, exploring the fascinating world of “blue carbon” – the carbon stored in coastal ecosystems.

From coastal restoration to living dikes and blue-green algae, this science-meets-policy discussion paper highlights the opportunities for BC to apply nature-based solutions to fight and adapt to climate change.
Webinar: Coastal & Ocean Protection Law in BCtext on blue background that reads: Webinar Coastal & Ocean Protection Law in BCAre you curious about the complex web of laws & regulations governing the BC coast? Concerned about the health of your local shoreline? On December 3rd, join our lawyers for a deep dive into the world of ocean law.

The webinar will introduce findings from our forthcoming Guide to Coastal and Ocean Protection Law in BC, which covers the wide array of legal tools available to Indigenous, federal, provincial and local governments. Register now.
Holiday workplace giving: A great way to support environmental protection during COVID-19Computer and thought bubble with heart

Working together to raise money for charities is one of the ways we, as colleagues, can give back to our communities.

Read our ideas to help you and your workplace get into the spirit of giving this holiday season, and see how you can support our work at West Coast.

2021 Summer Law Student applications are open!Text that says Hey Law students! Looking for hands-on experience in environmental law?

Are you a law student looking for hands-on experience in environmental law?

We're currently accepting applications for summer 2021 law student placements.

Read more and apply by January 8th, 2021


Climate Accountability Litigation by Governments Against Fossil Fuel Companies

Fossil fuel companies should (and can!) be held legally responsible for their contribution to climate change. If you’re curious about how these lawsuits might work, check out our ongoing webinar series with BC law schools.

Sign up now for the final webinar Nov. 23 – and view past webinar recordings here.

Conservation Through Reconciliation Virtual Campfire Series

Tomorrow (Nov. 19), we’re continuing as co-hosts of the Virtual Campfire Series for a conversation about Thaidene Nëné; an award-winning Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area. Join us to learn how this IPCA and others like it are transforming the legal landscape across the country, and around the world.

If you missed the earlier webinars in this series, you can find the recordings here.

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