Last week we attended the federal government's preliminary hearings into the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. There was a huge gathering of people from across the North, and from many different nations, to meet the federal representatives and tell them that the process being used to conduct the environmental assessment of this project is inadequate, and fails to respect the rights of First Nations.
- Click here for more details on the Enbridge hearings.
The federal government will decide any day now whether to respect the findings of its own environmental assessment process, or whether to allow the destruction of Fish Lake/Teztan Biny. West Coast recently wrote on Rabble.ca that Ottawa’s decision on Fish Lake will be another important test of its commitment to the law’s role in protecting the environment – laws that Ottawa has been busy weakening for the last two years. West Coast is on the forefront of developing legal strategies to fight the destruction of places like Fish Lake/Teztan Biny and pressing for strong environmental assessment laws to weed out these destructive projects.
- Click here to see how Canada is allowing mining companies to drain and kill pristine lakes.
- Click here for our blog post questioning the legality of Taseko's plans to destroy Fish Lake/Teztan Biny.
- West Coast and 11 other environmental groups call on Prime Minister Harper to reject the Prosperity Mine proposal and protect Fish Lake/Teztan Biny. Read all about it.
West Coast Environmental Law has been on the forefront of demanding that the BC Ministry of Environment actually enforce the province’s environmental laws. We’ve been encouraged that government staff have been reading our posts on the Ministry’s plummeting enforcement levels. And now, we’re seeing hints that the province is at least beginning to deal with the problem.
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The newly released Beyond the Guidebook 2010: A New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia tells the story of how BC communities are adopting a new, water-centric approach to managing urban watersheds and water resources. West Coast is proud to have had a hand working with local governments, planners, engineers and developers to help shift the culture of how communities think about, and deal with, water.
- To read more about the initiative and to view the report, click here.
- To view Beyond the Guidbook 2010: A New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia, click here.
West Coast welcomed new board members and bid a fond farewell to outgoing board members are our AGM on September 7th. West Coast has an incredibly talented and experienced Board of Directors, and the staff thank them all for their continued dedication and hard work. With such great leadership over the last year we accomplished an amazing amount – we’re very excited to share all this with you, here in our 2009/10 annual report.
- Click here to download our 2009-2010 Annual Report (pdf)
- To read about our Board of Directors, click here