Listen to “Episode 4: Prosecuting Volkswagen and Protecting Whales” on Spreaker.

We break down the scandalous tale of Volkswagen’s drive-by crime and a look our efforts to protect B.C.’s iconic orcas

In this episode, Ecojustice lawyer Amir Attaran dives into the troubling Volkswagen scandal that saw the automaker put 105,000 diesel cars equipped with an illegal emissions-cheating “defeat device” on the market. The United States government prosecuted Volkswagen for its fraud and emerged with a $15-billion dollar settlement.

But despite Volkswagen pleading guilty in the U.S., Canada has dragged its feet on prosecuting the company for its fraud against the public. While the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has been investigating Volkswagen for nearly two years, it has yet to lay charges. Amir talks more about why we filed a lawsuit challenging the Ministry’s inaction.

Next, we talk to Ecojustice lawyer Margot Venton, who has spent the better part of a decade fighting to protect orcas off the coast of British Columbia. Margot shares her thoughts on the threat the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion poses to this iconic species, and what needs to be done to save the whales from extinction.

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