Vancouver’s city council voted to support a liability law that would make it easier for cities to sue fossil fuel companies for climate damages. Photo credit: George Rose/Getty Images Vancouver and Richmond are the latest Canadian cities to ask the government of British Columbia to enact a law that would help municipalities hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate change. Richmond’s city council voted on Monday to ask British Columbia Premier John Horgan to enact the legislation, called the Liability for Climate-Related Harms Act. On Thursday, the Vancouver city council passed a similar motion . Both cities also voted to ask the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) to make a similar request to the premier. The proposed legislation would establish clear legal rules of liability for harm to communities caused by climate change, similar to the Tobacco Damages Recovery Act, which has helped communities pursue legal action against tobacco manufacturers to recover health care costs caused by their products. It is thought that Horgan will introduce the act, which must then be approved by the provincial government, if there is sufficient public support. Similar legislation was proposed by lawmakers in Ontario earlier this year. “Such legislation is ‘essential […]

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