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Federal Court rules bee-killing pesticide lawsuit will go to full hearing

Apr 12, 2018

Lawsuit brought by environmental groups survives second attempt to shut it down. TORONTO — A lawsuit launched by environmental groups in a bid to protect pollinators from harmful neonicotinoid pesticides will proceed to a full hearing, despite repeated attempts by the federal government and companies that make the pesticides to shut the case down, a…

STATEMENT: MNRF issues order to halt beach-raking on protected piping plover habitat, enviro groups react

Apr 9, 2018

TORONTO – Representatives from Ecojustice, Environmental Defence and Ontario Nature issued the following statements in response to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s decision to issue a stop order against beach grooming by the Town of South Bruce Peninsula on Sauble Beach: Laura Bowman, Ecojustice lawyer said: “The ministry’s decision to issue a…

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ecojustice proposes critical amendments to enviro bill

Apr 9, 2018

OTTAWA – Law experts at Ecojustice are calling on the House of Commons environment committee to make important changes to Bill C-69, a sweeping proposal to overhaul three key environmental laws. “While the government’s bill contains some important improvements, they fall short of the deeper reforms recommended by the government’s own expert panels,” said Joshua…

Conservation groups put ministers on notice over Southern Resident killer whale protections

Apr 5, 2018

VANCOUVER – Conservation groups are putting Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc on notice as the groups race to secure protection for endangered Southern Resident killer whales. In an April 5 letter sent on behalf of David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, Natural Resources Defense…

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…

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