Big moves for biodiversity in BC

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Dear Paov,

From Ottawa to Victoria and the Lower Fraser, major developments are happening in our work to protect community and ecological resilience, save salmon, and halt and reverse nature loss.

See below for exciting news about a new BC framework for biodiversity and ecosystem health. Then read on for our take on promising community climate action, a recent court decision, and more.

New Framework Sets the Course for a Paradigm Shift in BC Land & Water Management Today, the BC government released a draft Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health Framework, which sets a course toward legally establishing biodiversity and ecosystem health as “overarching priorities” for all sectors. West Coast applauds this move toward ecosystem-based planning and management in BC, while noting that immediate actions must be taken to halt nature loss and recognize Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas.

Special thanks to all our supporters who have joined us in calling for a BC biodiversity law! Stay tuned for more action on this in the coming months.
Who will pay the massive debt incurred by Trans Mountain? A new survey finds that more than two thirds of Canadians oppose the federal government writing off billions of debt related to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX), and that 60% of respondents want mostly oil companies to pay for TMX.

Finance Minister Freeland has a choice between taxpayers and oil companies, and Canadians have made their position clear: oil companies should pay for their own infrastructure.
Assessing the impact of the Impact Assessment Act Supreme Court decision Thank you to everyone who tuned into our webinar series about the Supreme Court ruling on the Impact Assessment Act. We hope you enjoyed our events! If you missed it, recordings from our first and second webinar are now available to view on our YouTube channel.

If you'd like to learn more about what this case means for the environment, Staff Lawyer Anna Johnston provides a detailed analysis.
Coming together for floodplains resilience in the Lower Fraser Earlier this summer, the Lower Fraser Floodplains Coalition convened leadership and senior staff from 20 local governments, 14 First Nations, 2 regional governments, many provincial and federal agencies, and agriculture associations to talk about opportunities, priorities and next steps for regional collaboration on flood resilience.

Check out the key takeaways and outcomes of this dialogue.
Webinar: Find out why Squamish is getting on board to Sue Big Oil Late last month, the District of Squamish became the third BC local government to support a class action lawsuit to hold major polluters accountable for climate costs in BC communities.

Join us for a free webinar on December 7th to find out why BC municipalities like Squamish and Gibsons are joining the fight to Sue Big Oil, and how your community can do the same. This webinar is hosted by the Watershed Sentinel – register here.
West Coast’s 2022-23 Highlights We are so excited to share our 2022-23 Impact Report! Learn more about what we do, the issues we work on and what our programs have achieved over the past year. We hope that these stories inspire you, just as your commitment inspires us. Thank you for sharing this journey with us.

Law Students: Apply now for placements in summer 2024

Applications are now open for summer 2024 law student placements at West Coast! Learn more and apply by January 8, 2024.

Giving Tuesday is right around the corner! Join us on November 28 for an exciting opportunity to raise funds to protect ocean and coastal ecosystems. You can also support our work at anytime by making a donation.

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