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Climate action is in the spotlight as politicians prepare to debate Canada’s new climate law, while facing increased pressure to drop unnecessary pipeline projects like Trans Mountain.

As a Canadian organization, we know our supporters rely on us to stay focused on the issues facing our province and our country. But this week, with a new U.S. presidency and its global implications, it’s also difficult not to look south.

What does a Biden presidency mean for Canadian climate action? Joe Biden U.S. President Joe Biden is quickly reversing a number of the Trump administration’s environmental policies, cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline and re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement yesterday as soon as he took office.

Staff Lawyer Andrew Gage reflects on what this new direction on environmental issues could mean for Canadians and for climate change.
Take action to strengthen Bill C-12 In the coming weeks, Parliament will be debating Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. This is the first time that Canada's federal government has introduced legislation to hold itself and future governments accountable for reducing emissions.

Unfortunately, the bill is weak, and we need your help to ensure that this new climate law is as strong as it can be. Write a letter urging decision-makers to enact a law that can rise to the challenge of a climate emergency.
What did 2020 mean for climate change, globally and in BC? Last year was marked by a pandemic, sweeping public health restrictions and major shifts in our everyday lives – as well as worsening climate impacts affecting BC communities.

Our Staff Climate Scientist, Silvie Harder, explains why a green recovery is essential, both for meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets and preparing our communities for the future.
Discovery Islands fish farm phase-out: A win for wild salmon In December, the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced that open-net salmon farm licenses in the Discovery Islands would be phased out by June 30, 2022. The victory comes after tireless work by Indigenous nations, as well as environmental NGOs, scientists, wilderness tourism operators, and commercial and sport fishers.

Our marine lawyers unpack how the decision could signal a shift by the federal government towards a consent-based policy on fish farms.
Update on Taseko’s New Prosperity Proj… wait, that’s still a thing? After losing its latest legal challenge at the Supreme Court last year, Taseko’s New Prosperity Mine has been granted another extension of its environmental assessment certificate by the BC government.

In a mining conflict that seems to last forever, Gavin Smith explains the latest development for this twice-rejected mine proposal in Tsilhqot’in traditional territory.
West Coast’s 2020 Year in Review 2020 will go down in the books as one of the greatest collective endurance-tests of all time, but, in the shadows there was also hope.

Our 2020 Year in Review shines a light on the work we’re most proud of, with a special shout-out to our readers, supporters, donors, clients, partners and to you for making these victories possible.
Our Environmental Law Alert Blog won a Clawbies award as one of the top Canadian law blogs in 2020!
We’re honoured to be recognized alongside other award-winning Canadian law bloggers, and we’ll wear our Clawbies badge with pride. You can support the work of our legal programs and help protect nature by making a donation to West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation. Thank you! Share Share TweetTweet ForwardForward West Coast Environmental Law
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