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Statement from environmental and health groups on government’s proposed path forward for strengthening Canada’s toxics law

Jun 29, 2018

On the right track, but taking too long to get there Ottawa, Ont. – Environmental and health groups welcome the federal government’s commitment to starting the process of updating Canada’s toxics law and introducing reforms as early as 2020. However, we are concerned that until the law is strengthened, avoidable threats to the environment and public…

Professional reliance reform is a step forward for B.C.

Jun 28, 2018

The British Columbia government today released a report on the current government practice of relying on professionals hired by the industry to manage the risk to public health and the environment as we develop our natural resources. The report follows an 8-month provincial review process to examine whether qualified professionals have the tools and structure…

Keeping Jumbo wild is the law, enviro and citizen advocacy groups tell B.C. Supreme Court

Jun 25, 2018

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Supreme Court must uphold a 2015 government decision that forced developers to halt work on the contentious Jumbo Glacier Resort Project, environmental and citizen advocacy groups say. They say the project would cause widespread harm to the environment and local communities if built, and that it cannot go ahead because an…

Ecojustice applauds legislation to modernize the Fisheries Act

Jun 20, 2018

OTTAWA – Environmental lawyers are calling Bill C-68, passed in the House of Commons, a major win for fish and their habitat. “Getting Bill C-68 though the House is an important step toward fulfilling the federal government’s promise to modernize and restore lost protections to the Fisheries Act,” said Joshua Ginsberg, Director of Legislative Affairs…

Legal experts welcome bill to strengthen key environmental laws

Jun 20, 2018

OTTAWA – Law experts are calling Bill C-69, passed by the House of Commons today, a significant step toward better protections for Canadians and the environment. The bill improves the way reviews of projects with potentially adverse impacts – such as pipelines, mines, and nuclear facilities – are conducted. “The Environment Committee worked hard and…

G7 Summit: Environmental groups call on Minister McKenna to use law, crack down on plastic pollution

Jun 7, 2018

OTTAWA – On the eve of the G7 Summit meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec, environmental groups are calling on Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna to crack down on plastic pollution. “Plastic pollution is consuming our oceans, poisoning wildlife, and contaminating our food chain,” said Ecojustice lawyer James Gunvaldsen Klaassen. “It is time…

Statement: Government announces $4.5B Trans Mountain pipeline purchase, Ecojustice reacts

May 29, 2018

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice lawyer Dyna Tuytel issued the following statement regarding Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s announcement that the federal government is set to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion: “This decision is deeply disappointing and shockingly irresponsible. It flies in the face of widespread and well-founded public opposition, and puts Canadians on…

Groups applaud feds’ fisheries announcement, renew call for killer whale emergency order

May 24, 2018

VANCOUVER – Conservation groups are applauding today’s announcement from Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna that endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales face “imminent threats” to their survival and recovery. Prompted by this assessment, the Ministers also announced immediate fisheries closures in key Southern Resident foraging…

Ontario to provide public updates on recovery strategies for 37 at-risk species

May 8, 2018

TORONTO – Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will begin providing public updates on progress made in developing recovery strategies for dozens of at-risk species, the Ministry announced alongside Ecojustice and Animal Justice today. The quarterly updates will be made publicly available on the website and will provide information on progress towards…

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