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STATEMENT: Environmental groups back in court as government, industry make second attempt to kill pesticide case

Nov 15, 2017

TORONTO — Environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, are back in Federal Court tomorrow in an effort to protect pollinators from a harmful class of pesticides and fend off a second attempt by multinational pesticide companies and the federal government to dismiss their lawsuit that challenges the practices of Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). “This…

After eight and a half year delay, Ontario delivers disappointing cumulative effects policy

Nov 9, 2017

Ontario’s draft emissions policy would lead to ‘business as usual’ TORONTO — After an eight and a half year delay in reviewing how it regulates cumulative effects of air pollution, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) announced today a proposed policy for assessing air pollution approvals in communities with multiple industrial facilities….

SCC dismisses Ktunaxa Nation case to protect Jumbo Valley, Ecojustice reacts

Nov 2, 2017

OTTAWA — Ecojustice lawyer, Kaitlyn Mitchell made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s dismissal of the Ktunaxa Nation’s case aimed at protecting Jumbo Valley: “We are deeply disappointed by the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada’s narrow interpretation of the right to religious freedom in the context of Indigenous…

Statement: Federal report shows provinces’ ‘complete failure’ to protect caribou

Oct 31, 2017

A newly-released report shows the provinces have failed to take meaningful steps to protect threatened boreal caribou and highlights the need for federal action, Canada’s largest environmental law charity says. According to the five-year report on the progress of recovery-strategy implementation for boreal caribou, habitat conditions have worsened in the majority of the country’s 51…

Statement — Ecojustice reacts: Sulphur dioxide air quality standard to be updated for first time in 43 years

Oct 27, 2017

TORONTO — Ecojustice commends the Ontario government’s decision to finally update its sulphur dioxide air quality standard to a level that protects human health, but calls for a faster phase-in and province-wide application. “We commend the Minister on moving forward with a proposal to reduce Ontario’s sulphur dioxide standard by 85 per cent. But the…

Ecojustice applauds Environmental Commissioner’s calls for action in Chemical Valley

Oct 24, 2017

TORONTO—Ecojustice commends the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) Dianne Saxe’s calls for the provincial government to tackle issues of environmental justice in the spirit of reconciliation, in a report released today. “It is at least the fifth time that the Commissioner has expressed serious concerns about the government’s failure to protect the health of the…

Ecojustice calls for investigation into Imperial Oil’s massive 10-day flaring in Chemical Valley

Oct 20, 2017

TORONTO— Vanessa Gray of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, is calling on the Ontario government to investigate a massive flaring event that poured a black, foul-smelling soup of volatile chemicals into the air, produced loud noises, and forced residents indoors to protect their health. On February 23, 2017, the skies above south Sarnia…

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ecojustice available for comment on Ontario’s announcement to fund Chemical Valley health study

Oct 16, 2017

TORONTO— The Ontario government has committed to fund a health study examining the air pollution effects of Sarnia’s Chemical Valley on residents. Following a Global News investigation that revealed a troubling trend of spills, leaks and flaring incidents in Chemical Valley, the province committed to studying localized impacts. Ecojustice has been working for environmental justice in…

Environment minister’s commitment to consider changes to Canada’s toxics law is on the right track

Oct 10, 2017

Environmental and health groups urge Ottawa to act quickly to modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act Ottawa, Ont. – Environment and health groups agree with the federal environment minister that changes are needed to modernize and improve the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the federal law for regulating pollution and toxic substances. In June 2017,…

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