Speak up for a bold Canadian climate law

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Dear Paov,

This week, as the International Energy Agency released its blockbuster report calling for an end to new investments in fossil fuel development, Staff Lawyer Andrew Gage and other climate advocates have been presenting to Canada’s Parliamentary Environment Committee on the need to enact a robust climate law to ensure that we fulfill our climate commitments (and do our fair share to keep global warming below 1.5°C.)

As it stands, Canada has missed every climate target it has set – and it’s well beyond time to break that trend.

Canada’s climate bill (Bill C-12) needs work – and now’s the time to fix it Yellow circle with graph reads Bill C-12 (the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act) is an important step in helping Canada meet its climate goals, but it’s just too weak in its current form. So, how can the current legislation be improved?

See our latest recommendations for amending Bill C-12, and write a letter calling on all federal parties to work together to strengthen the Bill and deliver a climate law that we can all be proud of.
Revitalizing Indigenous Law with the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance – our experience so far Mountain (Lhihleqey) All of us can benefit from respectfully learning about Indigenous stories on the territories where we live, work and play. This new blog from Staff Lawyer & RELAW Manager Rayanna Seymour-Hourie shares experiences and stories from the LFFA-RELAW project – part of a learning partnership between the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance (LFFA) and West Coast Environmental Law’s RELAW program.

You can read more about how the peoples of the Lower Fraser continue to follow their responsibilities to steward and restore their waters and fish in the recently-released LFFA-RELAW Summary Report.

UBC planning students tally up climate change adaptation costs for BC communities Wildfire and flood photos with a grey banner reads: COST MENU When you go to a restaurant, a menu helps you select what to eat and how much you might pay for it. Now, an innovative project by master’s students at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) shows British Columbians what’s on the menu for community climate adaptation, and how much it could cost.

The Climate Adaptation “Cost Menu” is meant to inform BC communities about the costs of preparing for increased wildfires and flood risks, so that local governments across the province can better understand the options available to protect their residents.
Welcome new West Coast staff and summer law students! Smiling faces and a text that reads: Welcome to the team!

We’re happy to welcome a new group of incredible summer law students to our team for the summer. Read about Rebekah, Jack, Russell and Jenna – who are all passionate about transforming the legal landscape and protecting the environment through law.

We’re also pleased to announce that Ella Barrett has joined our team as West Coast’s new Development Coordinator. You can read Ella’s bio here.

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