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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…

Calling wipes “flushable” is false and misleading, say environmental groups

May 1, 2019

OTTAWA, May 1, 2019 – Today, Friends of the Earth Canada, represented by Ecojustice, filed an application seeking an investigation by the Competition Bureau into false and misleading claims made by the manufacturers of 23 so-called flushable wipes and other single-use products. The single-use wipes, which include baby wipes and personal wipes, sold under the…

Indian Head Hatchery expansion unlawful, say groups

Apr 23, 2019

ST JOHN’S, 23 April 2019 – Ecojustice, acting on behalf grassroots groups and individuals concerned about the health of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, has filed a lawsuit to ensure the Indian Head Hatchery expansion does not go ahead without a proper environmental assessment. The expansion to the Stephenville facility poses a threat to the last…

Climate change is emergency that needs national response, group argues in Ontario reference case

Apr 16, 2019

TORONTO, 16 April 2019 — Ecojustice lawyers representing the David Suzuki Foundation are in court this week to argue that the risks of climate change and our ability to counter it effectively require a national and urgent response. “The evidence is piling up that we must take decisive action on climate change now if we…

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