Andrew Gage
Andrew Gage is a lawyer with the West Coast Environmental Law Association, one of Canada’s oldest environmental law organizations and a leading advocate for strong environmental laws in B.C.

He is the lead author of the Environmental Law Alert and head of West Coast’s Climate Change program.

Before becoming a lawyer, Andrew helped found the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre and volunteered with the noted Indian environmental lawyer, M.C. Mehta, experiences that changed his understanding of what is possible through law.

Follow West Coast on Twitter at @WCELaw.

Entries by Andrew Gage

B.C.'s Climate Plan Shows Why Real Leadership Requires Accountability

(10) Comments | Posted September 1, 2016 | 1:40 PM

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her staff are in the process of working with the provinces to develop a national Climate Change framework. But, as B.C.'s recently released "Climate Leadership Plan" demonstrates, it is absolutely essential that the framework includes mechanisms to keep politicians honest about their...

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Poor Environmental Enforcement Creates An Uneven Playing Field

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 5:07 PM

Poor enforcement of environmental laws doesn't just hurt our environment, and communities that depend on that environment. It also hurts law-abiding businesses - businesses that find themselves having to compete against counterparts who flout the law.

Don't take my word for it - here's what one such law-abiding businessperson, Andy...

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B.C.'s New Water Prices Don't Violate NAFTA

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2015 | 3:06 AM

When the B.C. government unveiled its new water pricing scheme, we wrote that while it was an increase, the amounts being charged seemed very low. Apparently, hundreds of thousands of British Columbians share that concern -- a petition signed by 225,000 people, has now resulted in the...

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Could This Be Payback Time For Big Polluters?

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 1:02 PM

We're gratified that Suncor, one of Canada's largest oil sands companies, has taken the time to read -- and publicly disagree with - our recent report, Payback Time. Payback Time examined the risks to Suncor and other Canadian fossil fuel companies of lawsuits brought by the...

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New Fisheries Changes Give Ministers Power To Allow Pollution

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 1:52 AM

New regulations under the Fisheries Act allow Canada's fisheries and environment ministers to give blanket authorization to cause pollution in fish habitat in a range of circumstances, including pollution from fish farm companies seeking to control "pests" or invasive species. These regulations are the latest in a series of changes...

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Did Kinder Morgan's Illegal Permit Lead To Rewrite Of B.C. Park Act?

(11) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 2:50 AM

You may have heard about controversial amendments to the Park Act by way of Bill 4, the Park Amendment Act, which critics say are to allow industrial "research," or even industrial activity, in B.C. parks.

Over 160,000 people have signed a petition opposing Bill...

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