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STATEMENT: Copper One surrenders mining claims in First Nation traditional territory

Dec 22, 2017

OTTAWA — Chief Casey Ratt and representatives from Ecojustice and the Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement (CQDE) issued the following statement in response to mining company, Copper One withdrawing its claims in the ancestral territories of the Mitchikanibikok Inik First Nation: Chief Casey Ratt said: “We fought to drive Copper One and its mining…

UPDATE: Lawsuit over air pollution in Chemical Valley discontinued

Dec 15, 2017

TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyer Kaitlyn Mitchell issued the following statement today about ongoing concerns with Ontario’s chronic failure to address the air quality crisis in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley: “After eight years of government delay, Ecojustice lawyers helped Aamjiwnaang First Nation community member Ada Lockridge launch a lawsuit aimed at forcing Ontario to review how it…

Enviro groups, Indigenous alliance seek right to challenge oil exploration in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Dec 13, 2017

Groups, acting in public interest, demand day in court to defend Gulf of St. Lawrence St. John’s, NEWFOUNDLAND — Environmental groups and an alliance of Indigenous peoples are in court today to argue they should be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit challenging an oil and gas exploration licence. The lawsuit challenges a decision to…

Ontario’s Endangered Species Act failing to protect at-risk species after 10 years of implementation: report

Dec 12, 2017

Report identifies more than 2,000 “exempted” activities in at-risk species’ habitats, with no government oversight or public scrutiny TORONTO — Ontario’s 2007 Endangered Species Act (ESA) isn’t protecting at-risk species because the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is failing to effectively implement it, according to a report released today by the David Suzuki Foundation,…

Federal Court reconfirms Taseko’s New Prosperity mine a ‘no go’

Dec 7, 2017

VANCOUVER/OTTAWA – The Federal Court dismissed a Taseko Mines Ltd. lawsuit in a ruling earlier this week, closing the door on the company’s most recent bid to build a copper-gold mine in Tŝilhqot’in territory in central British Columbia. The Court turned down the company’s challenge to the federal environmental review panel report – which found that the…

Environmental groups, Cold Lake First Nations, petition Minister of Environment and Climate Change for caribou protections

Nov 27, 2017

Safety net order would allow the federal government to extend Species at Risk Act protections to boreal woodland caribou in Alberta CALGARY – Alberta Wilderness Association, Cold Lake First Nations, David Suzuki Foundation, and Ecojustice are asking the Canadian government to take a vital step to protect threatened boreal woodland caribou in Alberta. In a…

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…

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