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Environmental groups give federal Impact Assessment Act a C- grade

Mar 29, 2018

Organizations hopeful that amendments will help new legislation improve its score OTTAWA – With Parliamentarians in the midst of their study of Bill C-69 in committee, a coalition of environmental organizations has released a report card grading the federal government’s proposed Impact Assessment Act. Experts representing eight leading Canadian environmental groups say the proposed Act merits a…

STATEMENT: Province orders escalation of investigation into Imperial Oil’s massive flaring event, Ecojustice reacts

Mar 26, 2018

TORONTO – Vanessa Gray, Aamjiwnaang First Nation community member and Dr. Elaine MacDonald, Healthy Communities program director at Ecojustice, issued the following statement in response to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s recommendation to commence a criminal investigation into Imperial Oil’s 10-day flaring incident in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley.   Elaine MacDonald, Ecojustice Healthy Communities program…

Deadline passes for protection of endangered killer whales

Mar 2, 2018

Federal ministers fail to recommend emergency order by conservation groups’ March 1 deadline. VANCOUVER – Conservation groups are calling for “urgent, enforceable action” to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales after federal ministers failed to recommend emergency protections by a March 1 deadline. “We’ve been informed that Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and…

Community groups and local residents launch appeal of Fraser Surrey Docks coal decision

Feb 16, 2018

We remain committed to standing up for the climate and our communities in opposition to dirty U.S. thermal coal, groups say VANCOUVER — Community groups and local residents are going back to court to stop U.S. coal exports through Vancouver’s Lower Mainland in their tracks. Last month, the Federal Court dismissed a case, brought by…

SCC to hear abandoned oil wells case tomorrow

Feb 14, 2018

Bankrupt companies should not get a free pass on cleaning up contaminated sites, say Ecojustice lawyers OTTAWA – An Ecojustice lawyer will be at the Supreme Court of Canada tomorrow to argue bankrupt energy companies cannot be permitted to walk away from unprofitable oil and gas wells without cleaning them up first. “We have long…

Legal experts say feds environmental bills are a mixture of progress and disappointment

Feb 9, 2018

OTTAWA – Law experts are calling the environmental legislation introduced this week a promising start, and note that further changes will be needed to fulfil the federal government’s promises to enact modern laws that protect the environment, the climate and Canadians. “We went into the review process optimistic and hoped lawmakers would heed the recommendations…

Feds table omnibus environmental bill, Ecojustice reacts

Feb 8, 2018

OTTAWA – Joshua Ginsberg, Director of Legislative Affairs at Ecojustice, issued the following statement in response to the federal government’s introduction of legislation for federal environmental assessment, the National Energy Board as well as amendments to the Navigation Protection Act: “The federal government has made improvements to Canada’s environmental assessment, energy regulation, and navigable waters…

Feds table promising Fisheries Act bill, Ecojustice reacts

Feb 6, 2018

OTTAWA – Ecojustice law and policy experts issued the following statement in response to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard’s introduction of a bill to amend the Fisheries Act: Margot Venton, Nature Program Director said: “We are pleased to see that the amended Fisheries Act legislation will restore the lost protections…

MEDIA ADVISORY: Feds expected to table key environmental bills this week, Ecojustice law and policy experts available for comment

Feb 5, 2018

OTTAWA – The federal government is expected to table a suite of environmental legislation this week, including a bill from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change overhauling federal environmental assessment and the National Energy Board as well as a second bill from the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to amend…

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