Press Releases

STATEMENT: Doug Ford axes independent office of Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner

Nov 15, 2018

Devon Page, Executive Director of Ecojustice, made the following statement in response to the provincial government’s announcement that it intends to eliminate the independent office of the Environmental Commission of Ontario and will move it under the Auditor General’s office. “The Ford government has made a move against its environmental watchdog, and we’re left wondering what…

Environmental groups call for federal protection of Ontario’s boreal caribou

Nov 14, 2018

Iconic Canadian animal in jeopardy after a decade of mishandling by Ontario government For immediate release Nov 14, 2018 TORONTO – Three environmental groups are calling on the federal government to step in and protect boreal caribou critical habitat in two ranges in northern Ontario. On Nov 13, Ecojustice submitted a petition to the federal…

Tainted science used to justify continued use of pesticide linked to cancer

Nov 12, 2018

“Monsanto papers” suggest some studies Canada used to okay glyphosate use were biased OTTAWA – With the recent revelation that Monsanto allegedly manipulated studies on glyphosate, health and environmental groups are calling on the federal government to carefully consider the notorious “Monsanto papers” as it deliberates the future of the chemical’s use in Canada. “Some…

Coal project opponents in court to argue Port approval was biased

Nov 8, 2018

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice lawyers are in court Thursday, representing Communities and Coal Society and two local residents in their fight against the Fraser Surrey Docks coal project, a facility that could lead to the transfer of millions of tonnes of American coal through British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. Christine Dujmovich, Paula Williams and Communities and Coal…

Indian Head hatchery expansion needs proper environmental assessment

Nov 6, 2018

Groups appeal to Minister over concerns Marine Harvest plan is being rushed through ST JOHN’S – Groups concerned about the health of wild salmon stocks in Newfoundland and Labrador are asking Andrew Parsons, Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Environment, to subject the expansion of the Indian Head Hatchery, located near Stephenville, to a proper…

STATEMENT: B.C. tables environmental assessment legislation, Ecojustice reacts

Nov 5, 2018

VANCOUVER – Olivia French, Ecojustice lawyer, issued the following statement in response to the Government of British Columbia tabling new environmental legislation on Nov. 5: “Environmental assessments are critical tools that help ensure projects are safe for the environment and for our communities. When done properly, they also offer an important opportunity for the public…

Ecojustice, Sierra Club BC launch legal challenge of decision to exempt unauthorized dams from environmental assessments

Nov 5, 2018

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice and Sierra Club BC are taking the province to court over an unparalleled decision to exempt two dams from environmental assessments — after they’d already been built. Ecojustice, on behalf of Sierra Club BC, launched an application for judicial review in the British Columbia Supreme Court on Monday. The groups argue that…

Statement: Conservation groups respond to decision not to issue emergency protections for endangered whales

Nov 2, 2018

VANCOUVER – The federal government announced today that it refuses to issue an emergency order to protect endangered killer whales under the Species at Risk Act, despite the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans’ recommendation to do so. David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Georgia Strait Alliance, Natural Resources Defense…

STATEMENT: Feds announce ‘vague’ orca protection measures, Ecojustice reacts

Oct 31, 2018

VANCOUVER – Dyna Tuytel, an Ecojustice lawyer, issued the following statement in response to the federal government’s Oct. 31 announcement on protections for Southern Resident killer whales: “Southern Resident killer whales are in crisis. They need emergency protections under the Species at Risk Act before they return to their critical habitat in the Salish Sea…

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