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Canadian Environmental Protection Act report could signal breakthrough for Canadian law

Jun 15, 2017

OTTAWA — A new federal government committee report recommends that the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) be amended to recognize, respect and fulfill every person’s right to a healthy environment. If passed by Parliament, this will be the first time in history that environmental rights have been recognized in Canadian federal law. “This a breakthrough…

Environmental and health groups applaud proposed overhaul of Canada’s toxics law

Jun 15, 2017

Ottawa, ON – A broad coalition of environmental, health and civil society groups are applauding a new parliamentary report recommending significant improvements to Canada’s outdated pollution prevention and toxics law. A majority report from the federal House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development recommended these changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act…

STATEMENT: Quebec refuses deforestation permits on First Nation traditional territory, Ecojustice reacts

Jun 9, 2017

OTTAWA – The Quebec government announced that it will not grant Copper One deforestation permits for mining exploration in Mitchiknabikok Inik unceded traditional territory.  Ecojustice law clinic director, Joshua Ginsberg responds: “We are very pleased that the Quebec government has outright rejected deforestation permits to Copper One. This is an important step towards respecting the…

Enviro groups sue over drilling in Gulf of St. Lawrence

May 16, 2017

TORONTO – Environmental groups took legal action today against the renewal of an exploration licence at Old Harry to protect the Gulf of St Lawrence — home to more than 4,000 species including blue whale, salmon and cod — from unlawful oil exploration.   Ecojustice lawyers, on behalf of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (SNAP Québec), Attention FragÎles, Nature Québec, David Suzuki Foundation and Sierra Club Canada Foundation filed a lawsuit today in response to the Canada-Newfoundland and…

Community groups, local residents in court to fight coal export project

May 16, 2017

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority demonstrated an apprehension of bias and lacked legal authority to approve coal project, groups say VANCOUVER – Community groups and local residents are in court tomorrow to ask the Federal Court to strike down a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-issued permit for a coal transfer facility on the Fraser River. “Our clients…

Health Canada’s glyphosate evaluation flawed, environmental groups charge

Apr 28, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Widespread use of glyphosate, the world’s most extensively sold pesticide, will continue in Canada despite international concerns about health and ecological risks OTTAWA – April 28, 2017 — Health Canada has dismissed credible evidence in its re-evaluation of the world’s most extensively sold pesticide, glyphosate, in today’s decision to continue its registration in…

First Nation to intervene to protect traditional territory

Apr 20, 2017

Copper One’s proposed mine will degrade land and pollute the headwaters of the Ottawa River, say the Mitchikanibikok Inik OTTAWA and QUÉBEC – Mitchikanibikok Inik First Nation is calling on the court to reject mining company’s lawsuit to open their unceded territory for forestry and mining exploration. “The Mitchikanibikok Inik First Nation have a constitutional…

N.S. government must clean up Harrietsfield contamination

Mar 22, 2017

HALIFAX — Residents of Harrietsfield, N.S. are asking Environment Minister Margaret Miller to enforce a clean-up order for a defunct construction and demolition recycling facility that has contaminated their drinking water for more than a decade.  Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity, has launched an e-mail campaign in support of the residents, urging Minister Miller to use her legislative powers to enforce a clean-up.  “Most Canadians take for granted that the water in their taps is safe for drinking,…

Statement: NEB hits reset button on Energy East hearing, Ecojustice and Transition Initiative Kenora react

Jan 27, 2017

TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyer, Charles Hatt and Transition Initiative Kenora executive director, Teika Newton made the following statement in response to the new National Energy Board panel granting their motion to declare all previous Board decisions void: Charles Hatt, Ecojustice lawyer said: “We believe the Board made the right decision, indeed the only decision allowed…

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