Press Releases

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…

Statement: Court declines to hear merits of neonicotinoid pesticide case

Apr 11, 2019

TORONTO, 11 April 2019 – Environmental groups expressed their disappointment at the Federal Court’s April 5, 2019 decision to dismiss a case challenging a decades-long history of conditional registrations of Thiamethoxam neonicotinoid pesticides by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). These products are toxic to bees and other pollinators, and concern over the PMRA’s…

Ontario government in court over failure to consult when scrapping cap and trade

Apr 1, 2019

2018 election was no substitute for following the law, say Ecojustice and Greenpeace Canada TORONTO, April 1, 2019 — Premier Doug Ford’s decision to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade program without public consultation has landed his government in court today, defending a suit brought by Ecojustice lawyers on behalf of Greenpeace Canada. The organizations filed the lawsuit to…

Statement: Ecojustice supports deferral of Northern Pulp decision to 2020

Mar 29, 2019

HALIFAX, 29 March, 2019 – The Environment Minister of Nova Scotia, Margaret Miller, announced today that she would require Northern Pulp to prepare and submit a focus report before she makes a decision on whether to approve plans to allow effluent from the mill to be released into the Northumberland Strait. The company will have…

Statement: B.C. must account for LNG footprint in new climate laws

Mar 26, 2019

VANCOUVER – The provincial government tabled new legislation yesterday that would offer incentives for companies to build the LNG Canada terminal in Kitimat, B.C. Alan Andrews, Ecojustice’s climate change program director, issued the following statement in response: “Yesterday’s announcement underscores the need for strong, enforceable laws that hold B.C. accountable for taking action on climate…

B.C. has right to protect communities from toxic spills, Ecojustice tells court

Mar 18, 2019

VANCOUVER – A hearing on whether the Government of British Columbia can update its laws to better protect against spills of toxic substances such as diluted bitumen got underway today. Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity, is participating in the hearing as an interested party. Ecojustice lawyer Kegan Pepper-Smith released the following statement upon the…

Shubenacadie River water protectors at controversial Alton Gas project to appear in court

Mar 11, 2019

Ecojustice defends Dale Poulette and Rachael Greenland-Smith against injunction on March 12. HALIFAX, March 11, 2019 – Two individuals from the Treaty Camp at a proposed Alton Gas site will appear at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Tuesday at 2:00 pm AT for an injunction proceeding, defended by the environmental law firm Ecojustice….

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