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Cabinet must reject NEB recommendation, shut door on Trans Mountain project: Ecojustice

Feb 22, 2019

VANCOUVER – The National Energy Board (NEB) recommended today that Cabinet approve the Trans Mountain pipeline project, following a review of the project’s marine shipping impacts. Ecojustice lawyer Dyna Tuytel issued the following statement in response: “The Trans Mountain pipeline project poses an unacceptable risk to endangered orcas, communities, and the climate. “If built, the…

B.C. budget: New laws needed to balance B.C’s carbon budget, Ecojustice says

Feb 19, 2019

VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia released the province’s 2019 budget today, committing nearly $1 billion in funding for its CleanBC climate strategy. Alan Andrews, Ecojustice’s climate change program director, released the following statement in response: “We’re pleased to see that the government has delivered on its promise to fully fund its climate strategy….

Carbon price essential for fair and effective national climate plan, Regina court hears

Feb 14, 2019

REGINA — Ecojustice lawyers, representing the David Suzuki Foundation, argued in court today that the risks of climate change, and our ability to respond to counter it effectively, requires a national response. “Like any national emergency, the federal government must have the authority to act,” said David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director Ian Bruce. The…

Species at risk habitat shouldn’t be open for business

Feb 14, 2019

Ontario review of Endangered Species Act could put vulnerable species at even greater risk TORONTO — The Government of Ontario’s review of the 2007 Endangered Species Act could put the province’s most vulnerable animals and plants at even greater risk by removing barriers to the harmful activities that are driving wildlife decline, say the David…

Ecojustice: Environment minister in conflict of interest, must step away from Northern Pulp assessment

Feb 13, 2019

HALIFAX – The province’s Minister of Environment has a conflict of interest in relation to Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment facility and should step away from an environmental assessment of the project, environmental law charity Ecojustice said in a letter sent yesterday on behalf of Friends of the Northumberland Strait. The letter, which is addressed…

Federal Court strikes down policy on virus that threatens wild salmon, Ecojustice reacts

Feb 4, 2019

VANCOUVER – The Federal Court issued a decision today that strikes down the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans’ policy on piscine orthoreovirus, a virus that threatens wild salmon off the coast of British Columbia. Ecojustice lawyer Kegan Pepper-Smith and independent biologist Alexandra Morton issued the following statements Ecojustice lawyer Kegan Pepper-Smith said: “This is a…

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority axes permit for Fraser-Surrey coal facility, Ecojustice reacts

Feb 1, 2019

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has cancelled a permit for the Fraser Surrey Docks coal project, a proposed facility that would have seen millions of tonnes of American coal transferred by rail through British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. Ecojustice lawyer Fraser Thomson issued the following statement in response to the news: “This is a…

SCC decision on abandoned oil wells a victory for environment and public but problems remain, Ecojustice says

Jan 31, 2019

CALGARY – The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that cleaning up abandoned oil and gas wells must come before the interests of creditors after a company has gone bankrupt. Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson issued the following statement in response: “The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that bankruptcy trustees must put the environment first….

Doug Ford government loses attempt to quash cap and trade case

Jan 26, 2019

Greenpeace Canada and Ecojustice will see Ontario in court in April over government’s failure to consult the public after cancelling cap and trade TORONTO, 26 January 2019 — The Ford government’s attempt to dismiss a court case against them brought by Greenpeace Canada, represented by Ecojustice, has failed. The organizations filed a lawsuit against the Government…

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