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Legal experts welcome bill to strengthen key environmental laws

Jun 20, 2018

OTTAWA – Law experts are calling Bill C-69, passed by the House of Commons today, a significant step toward better protections for Canadians and the environment. The bill improves the way reviews of projects with potentially adverse impacts – such as pipelines, mines, and nuclear facilities – are conducted. “The Environment Committee worked hard and…


G7 Summit: Environmental groups call on Minister McKenna to use law, crack down on plastic pollution

Jun 7, 2018

OTTAWA – On the eve of the G7 Summit meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec, environmental groups are calling on Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna to crack down on plastic pollution. “Plastic pollution is consuming our oceans, poisoning wildlife, and contaminating our food chain,” said Ecojustice lawyer James Gunvaldsen Klaassen. “It is time…


Statement: Government announces $4.5B Trans Mountain pipeline purchase, Ecojustice reacts

May 29, 2018

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice lawyer Dyna Tuytel issued the following statement regarding Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s announcement that the federal government is set to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion: “This decision is deeply disappointing and shockingly irresponsible. It flies in the face of widespread and well-founded public opposition, and puts Canadians on…


Groups applaud feds’ fisheries announcement, renew call for killer whale emergency order

May 24, 2018

VANCOUVER – Conservation groups are applauding today’s announcement from Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna that endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales face “imminent threats” to their survival and recovery. Prompted by this assessment, the Ministers also announced immediate fisheries closures in key Southern Resident foraging…


Ontario to provide public updates on recovery strategies for 37 at-risk species

May 8, 2018

TORONTO – Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will begin providing public updates on progress made in developing recovery strategies for dozens of at-risk species, the Ministry announced alongside Ecojustice and Animal Justice today. The quarterly updates will be made publicly available on the Ontario.ca website and will provide information on progress towards…


STATEMENT: New pollution targets risk being a ‘fig leaf’ for inaction without an overhaul of B.C.’s climate laws, says Ecojustice

May 7, 2018

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice’s Alan Andrews issued the following statement regarding the Government of British Columbia’s introduction of new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets for 2030 and 2040: “Today’s announcement of new carbon targets for 2030 and 2040 is a big step towards regaining lost ground on climate change, but it is too thin on detail…


STATEMENT: Federal Court dismisses NAFTA tribunal case, environmental groups react

May 2, 2018

OTTAWA – East Coast Environmental Law, Sierra Club Canada and Ecojustice issued the following statement in response to the Federal Court’s dismissal of Canada’s case challenging a landmark arbitral award brought under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 11 provision by an American corporation: Lisa Mitchell, East Coast Environmental Law’s Executive Director said:…


STATEMENT: Feds release report on caribou habitat protection, Ecojustice reacts

May 1, 2018

CALGARY — Barry Robinson, Ecojustice’s Interim Program Director of Climate Change, issued the following statement in response to a newly-released progress report on unprotected critical habitat for boreal caribou in Canada. “After a decade of delays, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has released her report on protecting critical habitat for one…


Banned pesticides found in plants at Ontario garden centres

Apr 18, 2018

Environmental groups file request for investigation under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of rights April 18, 2018 (TORONTO) Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Ontario Minister of the Environment Chris Ballard to investigate the ongoing, and unlawful, sale of flowering plants containing banned pesticides, including bee-killing neonicotinoids. Acting on behalf of Friends of the Earth…


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