Press Releases

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…

Senate committee threatens to undermine C-69

May 10, 2019

OTTAWA, 10 May 2019 – Members of the Senate committee reviewing Bill C-69 have unleashed a tsunami of 240 amendments that threaten to destroy the integrity of the bill, say environmental groups. The package of amendments revealed today tilt the bill in favour of oil and gas interests to an unacceptable degree, and, if adopted,…

Environmental groups demand feds act to save the critically endangered Spotted Owl

May 8, 2019

Vancouver – May 8, 2019. Today, Ecojustice demanded action for the endangered Spotted Owl in British Columbia, after decades of mismanagement by the provincial government. On behalf of the Wilderness Committee, Ecojustice wrote to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, demanding the federal government step in and produce the long overdue…

Court confirms Canada’s ability to tackle national climate “emergency”

May 3, 2019

REGINA – The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled today that the federal government has the power to take national action to tackle climate change. The decision upholds the federal government’s ability to set a minimum national price on greenhouse gas emissions. It also means that Parliament will be able to enact time-limited measures to respond…

STATEMENT: Proposed regulations for C-69 a “major misstep”, says Ecojustice

May 1, 2019

OTTAWA, May 1,  2019 – Ecojustice called regulations proposed today for the  new impact assessment system a major misstep by the federal government that will impede Canada’s ability to fight climate change. Ecojustice has supported Bill C-69 as it promised to fix many aspects of the assessment process and provide greater transparency. But it will…

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