The economic case for suing Big Oil

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By Andrew Gage What is a local government to do when it has a “funding gap” that will expose its residents to climate impacts and prevent it from meeting its climate goals? That’s the question that staff at the District of Saanich dealt with as they wrote up their fifth Annual Climate Plan Report Card. […]

Slocan Council votes unanimously to join Sue Big Oil

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For Immediate Release – February 14, 2024 Slocan, BC – On Monday evening (Feb. 12), Slocan Council voted 5-0 to work with other local governments towards a class action lawsuit against global fossil fuel companies for a share of the costs of climate change, and to pledge $1 per resident for that purpose once other […]

Eco-lawyers applaud Saanich vote to explore climate lawsuit

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For Immediate Release – February 13, 2024 Saanich, BC (Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories) – In response to last night’s unanimous vote by Saanich Council to direct staff to explore collaboration with other local governments to bring a class action lawsuit against global fossil fuel companies, Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer, stated: We applaud Saanich taking a […]

Qualicum Beach is fourth local government to vote to Sue Big Oil

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For Immediate Release – February 8, 2024 Qualicum Beach, BC – The Township of Qualicum Beach Council voted yesterday, 4-1, to commit to work with other local governments to bring a class action lawsuit against global fossil fuel companies to recover a fair share of the township’s climate costs. Qualicum Beach’s commitment is contingent upon […]

Squamish votes 5-2 to support Sue Big Oil lawsuit

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For Immediate Release – October 24, 2023 SQUAMISH, BC, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw – The District of Squamish will be the third BC local government to support a class action lawsuit against fossil fuel companies after Council, sitting as Committee of the Whole, voted 5-2 to set aside funds in the 2025 budget for this purpose. West […]

View Royal votes to Sue Big Oil for a share of climate costs

Shoreline at Portage Park, View Royal, BC (Photo: John Newcomb)

For Immediate Release – June 7, 2023 VIEW ROYAL, BC – At its Town Council meeting on Tuesday night, June 6th, View Royal Council voted to work with other local governments to bring a class action lawsuit against global fossil fuel companies for a share of municipal climate change costs. Council agreed to set aside […]

Why US climate lawsuits against Big Oil matter in Canada

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By Andrew Gage   The past few weeks have seen a couple of important developments in the U.S. court cases brought against fossil fuel companies for the costs of climate change. First, on May 15th and April 24th, the U.S. Supreme Court refused applications by fossil fuel companies to halt climate lawsuits filed against them by […]

Gibsons votes to sue Big Oil

Sunshine Coast Sue Big Oil delegation to Gibsons Council

For Immediate Release – March 8, 2023 GIBSONS, BC – Last night, Gibsons Council voted unanimously to work with other local governments in BC to file a class action lawsuit against global fossil fuel companies to recover a fair share of the climate costs they are incurring. This means setting aside at least $1 per […]

Vancouver votes on Sue Big Oil!

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Exciting news! Vancouver City Councillor Adriane Carr has tabled a Motion in support of the Sue Big Oil campaign. If the motion passes, the City would add a fund for a class action lawsuit against fossil fuel companies to the draft 2023 city budget – with $1 per resident or about $662,000. Needless to say, […]