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Ontario government sued over inaction on species protection

Sep 20, 2017

TORONTO — National animal law organization Animal Justice, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, is taking legal action to force Ontario Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Kathryn McGarry to issue recovery strategies for 37 species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The mountain lion and Northern Bobwhite, both listed as “endangered” since the ESA became…

Sierra Club BC argues Site C project should be terminated

Aug 31, 2017

VICTORIA — Sierra Club BC, represented by lawyers from Ecojustice, has called for the termination of the Site C dam project in its submission to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC). The group argues that the enormous cost of Site C locks B.C. into major financial obligations that hinder its ability to invest in lower…

STATEMENT: Competition Bureau drops climate denier investigation, Ecojustice reacts

Aug 28, 2017

TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyer Charles Hatt made the following statement in response to the Commissioner of Competition’s decision to discontinue an inquiry into climate science misrepresentations in Canada: “We are extremely disappointed that after more than a year, the Competition Bureau has dropped its investigation into climate denier groups who appear to purposely mislead and…

Statement: NEB to consider emissions and climate change in Energy East review, Ecojustice and Transition Initiative Kenora react

Aug 23, 2017

TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyer, Charles Hatt and Transition Initiative Kenora executive director, Teika Newton made the following statement in response to the National Energy Board’s decision to consider climate change, including upstream and downstream GHG emissions, in its review of the Energy East pipeline: Charles Hatt, Ecojustice lawyer said: “This decision culminates years of work…

Federal government taken to court for refusing to investigate Volkswagen’s emissions fraud

Aug 3, 2017

Minister of Environment and Climate Change’s refusal to investigate Volkswagen’s criminal activity is unlawful OTTAWA – Health professionals and environmental organizations have taken legal action to force the federal government to proceed with an investigation into Volkswagen’s (VW) importation, marketing, and sale of its emissions-cheating diesel vehicles in Canada. “Volkswagen has already admitted that it…

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…

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