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In February 2022, the federal government announced that the cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX) had soared to $21,400,000,000, and Canadians were told “the government will spend no additional public money on the project” and “the project remains commercially viable.” New analysis by economist Robyn Allan disproves both claims and shows how the federal government is hiding Trans Mountain’s compromised viability.

Author: Robyn Allan
Publication Date: October 2022
Pages: 36

In summer / fall 2022, the federal government invited input on its discussion paper regarding a proposed cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector. This submission to Environment & Climate Change Canada outlines West Coast Environmental Law's recommendations for securing a fair, effective and robust oil and gas emissions cap. 

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer, Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: September 2022
Pages: 6

We outline some key myths about a federal oil and gas emissions cap, along with the facts.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Environmental Defence
Publication Date: September 2022
Pages: 2

In the wake of the November 2021 flooding, communities (both local governments and First Nations) have been under pressure to develop recovery plans with varying levels of capacity and resources and with little to no opportunity for collaboration.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: September 2022
Pages: 30
Action for Healthy Communities paper cover

Communities across British Columbia grapple with the consequences of a provincial legislative framework that prioritizes resource development over ecosystem health.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: September 2022
Pages: 17
Pollution in Paradise publication cover page

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are areas of the ocean that are legally protected and managed to achieve the long-term conservation of nature. Canada, in keeping with international guidance, has committed to protecting 30% of its ocean spaces by 2030, and thus far has designated 14% of its ocean spaces as MPAs. However, these MPAs will only be as strong as the legal protections afforded to them.

Author: Stephanie Hewson, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2022
Pages: 16

BC Syndicated Polling included in Stratcom's quarterly omnibus survey finds that 69% of British Columbians support their local government working with other local governments to sue the world’s most polluting oil companies for a share of the costs of climate change.

Author: Stratcom Strategic Communications
Publication Date: August 2022
Pages: 11

This brief outlines legal options for implementing a federal cap on oil and gas emissions throughout Canada.

Author: Anna Johnston – Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: July 2022
Pages: 7

On April 28, 2022, the sməlqmíx, the syilx people of the Similkameen Valley, declared the nʔaysnúlaʔxw snxaʔcnitkw (Ashnola Watershed) in its entirety and for all future generations an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA).

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: June 2022
Legal Backgrounder: Impact Assessment Act Reference Case

West Coast Environmental Law has intervened on behalf of Nature Canada in the constitutional reference of the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA) at the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: May 2022
Pages: 4

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