West Coast Environmental Law is excited to announce the launch of our much anticipated new website. Our new website is filled with many valuable resources, including our new Environmental Law Alert Blog.
Check it out!!!
In January, West Coast hosted over 200 people including representatives from environmental groups, First Nations, industry and government, for a dialogue forum to discuss concrete legal and policy solutions to improve BC’s approach to clean electricity generation (including Independent Power Projects, or IPPs). While the debate continues on how BC should move forward, there was consensus that BC needs to improve the way it thinks about and plans for renewable electricity generation.
West Coast Environmental Law and allies have released a report calling for enhanced conservation on at least 50% of BC's land mass to fight climate change. Our forests and natural ecosystems are needed to store and absorb carbon, maintain biodiversity, and help species adapt to warming temperatures.
Click here to view our Environmental Law Alert Blog Post and view the report.
The Residential Tenancy Board has ordered a New Westminster landlord to pay almost $12,000 to former tenants for illegally spraying pesticides in their building. This precedent setting decision was made possible through funding from West Coast’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund.
Click here to view our Environmental Law Alert Blog Post and read more.
Over the past year West Coast has been privileged to work with volunteer interns and lawyers from as close as Vancouver and as far away as Australia and New Zealand. We plan to host a Communications Intern and one or more Law Student Interns this coming summer. Our interns are an integral part of the West Coast team and have hands on opportunities to learn about topical environmental issues and environmental law. Last year's summer law student interns, Dani Bryant and Simone Tielesh, explained why they enjoyed their legal internship experience at West Coast Environmental Law:
"It was great to work in the West Coast office environment, where the staff is so passionate about their work, supportive of each other, and always willing to explain issues and answer tough questions."
Read more of their reflections here.