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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…

Federal approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline project unlawful

Dec 20, 2016

VANCOUVER – Environmental groups launched a lawsuit today that challenges the federal Cabinet’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline project. “Cabinet should never have approved the Kinder Morgan project,” said Dyna Tuytel, Ecojustice lawyer. “The National Energy Board’s report that Cabinet relied on to make its decision had a serious legal shortcoming – it failed to…

Environmental group takes diamond giant De Beers to court

Dec 6, 2016

Failures to report on methylmercury, a neurotoxin, prompt legal action December 6, 2016 TORONTO – Wildlands League, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, has filed a private prosecution against De Beers Canada Inc. for failing to report levels of mercury and methylmercury at its Victor Diamond Mine site in northern Ontario. Methylmercury, a neurotoxin, can threaten the…

STATEMENT: Ecojustice reacts to Cabinet’s decisions on Kinder Morgan project and Northern Gateway

Nov 29, 2016

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice lawyer, Karen Campbell made the following statement in response to federal Cabinet’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project and rejection of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline: “While we are glad that Cabinet has rejected Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, this does not change the fact that approving the Kinder Morgan project flies in…

Federal regulator announces Neonicotinoid pesticide phase out

Nov 23, 2016

TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyer, Charles Hatt, reacts to the PMRA’s announcement: The Pest Management Regulatory Agency announced that it would phase out a neonicotinoid pesticide that poses unsustainable environmental risks, and said it will review other neonicotinoids (Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam) for the same risks. Charles Hatt, Ecojustice lawyer said: “The PMRA is finally beginning to acknowledge the…

Ecojustice statement re: $1.5-billion ocean protection plan

Nov 7, 2016

VANCOUVER —  Ecojustice lawyer Margot Venton reacts to the federal government’s announcement of its $1.5-billion ocean protection plan, which comes amidst growing concerns over marine safety, oil spill response times, and shipping impacts on endangered killer whales: “Today’s Ocean Protection Plan announcement has some good news. Finally Canada is recognizing the threat that shipping noise and other pollution pose to whales and…

STATEMENT re: Federal Court of Appeal ruling on approval of GM salmon production

Oct 27, 2016

OTTAWA – Ecojustice, Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society issued the following statement about the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling on the approval of GM salmon production: Kaitlyn Mitchell, Ecojustice lawyer said: “We are disappointed that the Federal Court of Appeal has decided to uphold approval of the use and manufacture of genetically-modified salmon…

Groups head to court to overturn federal approval of GM salmon

Oct 18, 2016

Approval failed to apply science-based, precautionary measures, groups say OTTAWA – Environmental groups are in court today to overturn a ruling that upheld the federal government’s approval of the development of genetically-modified salmon at any location in Canada — against the advice of scientific experts. “We believe the Court’s decision to uphold the government’s approval…

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