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April 2010

Dear Friends and Collegues,

It’s been a really exciting month at West Coast Environmental Law and we can’t wait to share this news with you!


wcel West Coast Provides Support to Protect Dwindling Boreal Caribou Herd  

The BC Supreme Court has ordered the BC Government to put in place a plan to protect a herd of critically threatened Boreal Caribou. This precedent-setting decision was the result of a legal challenge brought by the West Moberly First Nations, with the support of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund, and is the first time in Canada that Aboriginal Treaty rights have been used to force the government to protect a threatened species.

  •  Click here to read about this precedent setting decision.

wcel West Coast Alarmed by Changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act  

Pop quiz – what does the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) have to do with Canada’s 2010 budget? Absolutely nothing, but that has not stopped the Canadian government from hiding major revisions to CEAA at the end of this year’s Budget Implementation Act. West Coast says that the move is undemocratic and an attempt to avoid public debate.

  • Click here to read our concerns about this alarming development.

wcel Coastal First Nations Use Their Own Laws and Authority to Ban Tar Sands Crude Oil Tankers from Coastal Waters  

Recently released legal analysis from West Coast highlights legal risks posed by Coastal First Nations’ March 23rd declaration banning tar sands crude oil tanker traffic from their territories. In light of the Coastal First Nations declaration, a federal decision to allow crude oil tankers into these waters would infringe First Nations’ constitutionally-protected title and rights, and breach Canada’s international law obligations. Coastal First Nations have signaled that they may take enforcement action, based in their own laws, against companies shipping tar sands oil through their waters on the north and central Pacific coast. This highly volatile legal situation could significantly delay and even derail the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project altogether.

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wcel West Coast is Hiring!  

We are seeking a lawyer who is passionate about using his or her legal skills to achieve environmental sustainability and social justice. This is an immediate opening for a staff counsel position.

  • To find out more information regarding this exciting job opportunity, please click here!

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Boreal Caribou Protected

Alarming Changes to CEAA

Coastal First Nations Tanker Ban

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