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Federal government says GM salmon needs scientific assessment before commercial production in Rollo Bay, PEI

Jul 26, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN — Contrary to reports that no federal assessment is necessary before growing genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon at Rollo Bay in PEI, the government has confirmed that the company AquaBounty does not yet have federal approval to commercially produce GM fish at its new Rollo Bay facility. “We need to see a precautionary and…

Judge orders a hearing of environmental groups’ pesticide case

Jul 17, 2017

TORONTO – A Federal Court judge has ruled that a case to protect pollinators from neonicotinoid pesticides must be heard before the courts. Ecojustice lawyers on behalf of their clients at Ontario Nature, Wilderness Committee, David Suzuki Foundation and Friends of the Earth Canada successfully fended off four motions to dismiss their case about the…

Ontario government’s eight year delay on pollution review unreasonable

Jul 5, 2017

TORONTO—Ecojustice lawyers are heading to court over the Ontario government’s eight year delay in reviewing how it regulates cumulative industrial air pollution. In 2009, Ecojustice helped Ada Lockridge and Ron Plain of Aamjiwnaang First Nation to secure a promise from Ontario that it would conduct such a review. “Ada has worked tirelessly for eight years…

Environmental groups back in court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Jul 5, 2017

TORONTO—Ecojustice lawyers are in court this week to tell the federal government to buzz off. “Our clients – and the bees and other wild pollinators – deserve their day in court,” said Julia Croome, Ecojustice lawyer. “The federal government has for years allowed widespread and growing use of neonicotinoid pesticides without doing its homework on…

Canadian Environmental Protection Act report could signal breakthrough for Canadian law

Jun 15, 2017

OTTAWA — A new federal government committee report recommends that the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) be amended to recognize, respect and fulfill every person’s right to a healthy environment. If passed by Parliament, this will be the first time in history that environmental rights have been recognized in Canadian federal law. “This a breakthrough…

Environmental and health groups applaud proposed overhaul of Canada’s toxics law

Jun 15, 2017

Ottawa, ON – A broad coalition of environmental, health and civil society groups are applauding a new parliamentary report recommending significant improvements to Canada’s outdated pollution prevention and toxics law. A majority report from the federal House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development recommended these changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act…

STATEMENT: Quebec refuses deforestation permits on First Nation traditional territory, Ecojustice reacts

Jun 9, 2017

OTTAWA – The Quebec government announced that it will not grant Copper One deforestation permits for mining exploration in Mitchiknabikok Inik unceded traditional territory.  Ecojustice law clinic director, Joshua Ginsberg responds: “We are very pleased that the Quebec government has outright rejected deforestation permits to Copper One. This is an important step towards respecting the…

Enviro groups sue over drilling in Gulf of St. Lawrence

May 16, 2017

TORONTO – Environmental groups took legal action today against the renewal of an exploration licence at Old Harry to protect the Gulf of St Lawrence — home to more than 4,000 species including blue whale, salmon and cod — from unlawful oil exploration.   Ecojustice lawyers, on behalf of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (SNAP Québec), Attention FragÎles, Nature Québec, David Suzuki Foundation and Sierra Club Canada Foundation filed a lawsuit today in response to the Canada-Newfoundland and…

Community groups, local residents in court to fight coal export project

May 16, 2017

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority demonstrated an apprehension of bias and lacked legal authority to approve coal project, groups say VANCOUVER – Community groups and local residents are in court tomorrow to ask the Federal Court to strike down a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-issued permit for a coal transfer facility on the Fraser River. “Our clients…

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