6 programs and projects that are growing at West Coast!

r1 Happy New Year from West Coast ... Dear Paov,
The start of a New Year is a time for reflection as much as it is a time for celebration.

This year, we're reflecting on all the kindness our supporters have brought into the world of environmental law reform during a period of great uncertainties and difficulties.

2021 in particular was a year marked by climate-related emergencies in British Columbia and around the world.

And supporters like you have been following our journey all along. As we prepare to tackle new environmental challenges in the year ahead, it’s important to remember and celebrate all that we’ve accomplished.
  • West Coast played a leading role in efforts to secure the new Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. Although we wanted the law to be stronger, Bill C-12’s passing in June 2021 was an important victory.
  • We mobilized supporters and dozens of community organizations to comment on the BC government’s inadequate draft Climate Preparedness & Adaptation Strategy as communities struggled with heat domes and wildfires in summer 2021.
  • Throughout 2021, West Coast has been a leader in efforts to ensure that Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act is working for people and the environment. In February, Staff Lawyer Anna Johnston appeared virtually before the Alberta Court of Appeal on behalf of our client, Nature Canada, to uphold the Act and counter the Alberta government’s claims that the law is unconstitutional.
  • In May 2021, West Coast funded research and legal advice through the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) to support community groups to identify active hummingbird nests in Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) construction zones. These efforts confirmed violations of the Migratory Birds Convention Act, resulting in a stop-work order.
  • In September 2021, we released a report chronicling the numerous delays and challenges facing TMX. The report found evidence of delays in every segment of the pipeline route, pushing construction well into 2023, and projected that the cost was likely approaching $20 billion.
  • Throughout 2021, our Green Communities program has been continuing work on collaborative solutions to address BC’s needs stronger systems, policies and infrastructure to keep communities safe from flooding and other climate impacts. Projects like the Living Dike pilot project in Boundary Bay bring together experts and policy-makers across Indigenous, provincial, local governments to protect the area’s salt marsh as a nature-based solution to regulate coastal flooding.
These are just a few of the milestones West Coast achieved in our legal programs in 2021.

None of this would have been possible without the help of our donors.

This year—and for years to come—we know that, together, our work on legal solutions will continue to make a difference for nature and communities.

We wish you a very Happy New Year ahead!


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