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Statement: Bill C-69 passes in the House

Jun 14, 2019

Ottawa, June 13, 2019 – When House of Commons passed the Senate’s proposed amendments to Bill C-69, the federal government took an important step toward making good on its once-in-a-generation commitment to repair Canada’s broken environmental laws, says Ecojustice. Bill C-69 introduces the new Impact Assessment Act (IAA), which provides greater transparency in the environmental assessment process and more…

STATEMENT: Federal government takes action to fix the plastics crisis

Jun 10, 2019

TORONTO, 10 June 2019 – The federal government announced today their plans to tackle the damage caused to Canada’s ecosystems by plastic. A year ago, on behalf of 10 environmental groups, Ecojustice asked Minister Catharine McKenna to add single-use plastics the Canadian Environmental Protection Act’s (CEPA) Priority Substance List to create more regulatory options for…

Treat plastic as a toxic substance, environmental lawyers urge federal government

Jun 6, 2019

HALIFAX, 6 June 2019 – More than 20 environmental lawyers signed a letter today urging the federal government to treat plastic waste as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) in order to unlock a range of regulatory options. A substance can be designated as “toxic” under CEPA if there is sufficient…

DFO introduces interim measures to protect wild salmon from virus, Ecojustice reacts

Jun 4, 2019

VANCOUVER – Four months after the Federal Court struck down the Canadian government’s policy on piscine orthoreovirus (PRV), Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson has announced new steps aimed at protecting wild salmon from the virus. On behalf of independent biologist Alexandra Morton, Ecojustice lawyers went to court in 2018 to challenge the minister’s…

Delay cancelling certain uses of neonicotinoid pesticide unlawful: environmental groups are pursuing Health Canada in Federal Court

May 30, 2019

Toronto, May 30, 2019 – Ecojustice, on behalf of Équiterre, David Suzuki Foundation, Wilderness Committee and Friends of the Earth Canada, is challenging the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (PMRA) unlawful decision to impose a two-year “phase-out” period, as opposed to immediate cancellation of certain uses of the neonicotinoid Thiamethoxam and implementation of other necessary risk…

Ecojustice ‘disappointed’ by B.C. Supreme Court ruling that denies province’s ability to protect communities from toxic oil spills

May 24, 2019

VANCOUVER, May 24, 2019 – The B.C. Court of Appeal delivered its judgment today on whether the Government of British Columbia has the authority to amend its laws to limit the risk of spills of toxic substances such as diluted bitumen from interprovincial projects. The court found that enacting such an amendment lies beyond provincial…

STATEMENT: Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to kill Alberta’s carbon tax is short sighted

May 23, 2019

CALGARY, May 23, 2019 — Premier Jason Kenney tabled legislation yesterday to scrap Alberta’s carbon tax as of May 30. The legislation removes the consumer levy, as well as the tax on facilities producing less than 100,000 tonnes of carbon per year. Barry Robinson, lawyer for Ecojustice, made the following statement: “This is not the…

Terminal 2 expansion threatens orcas, salmon and climate action

May 22, 2019

VANCOUVER, May 22 2019 — Tomorrow, conservation groups will present three main concerns with the proposed Terminal 2 expansion at Roberts Bank in Delta to the federal review panel. Groups will raise concerns about the effects of underwater noise and pollution on marine mammals, fish and fish habitat, and greenhouse gas emissions. The David Suzuki…

Canada’s recovery measures for endangered killer whales a positive step: Conservation groups

May 10, 2019

VANCOUVER — A coalition of six conservation groups commends the federal government’s new measures to support Southern Resident killer whale recovery. The measures are the boldest yet; greater whale-watching restrictions, expanded voluntary slow downs for international shipping and the creation of no-vessel zones in feeding areas.  However, important feeding areas protected from fishing are smaller…

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