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Groups urge federal government to protect Southern Resident killer whales with emergency order

Jan 30, 2018

VANCOUVER — A coalition of conservation groups from Canada and the U.S. is calling on the Canadian government to take immediate action to protect Southern Resident killer whales. Ecojustice sent a petition to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna on Tuesday, requesting the Ministers recommend…

Environmental groups in court to intervene in NAFTA tribunal overstep

Jan 29, 2018

NAFTA tribunal exceeded its jurisdiction when it made determination on what a Canadian environmental assessment panel can decide, groups say OTTAWA — Environmental groups are in court today to help Canada challenge a landmark arbitral award brought under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 11 provision by American corporation, Bilcon. A NAFTA tribunal…

STATEMENT: Federal Court dismisses case to stop Surrey coal transfer facility, Ecojustice reacts

Jan 25, 2018

VANCOUVER —Ecojustice lawyer, Karen Campbell made the following statement in response to the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss a case aimed at overturning the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s approval of the Fraser Surrey docks coal project: “We are deeply disappointed by the Court’s decision to dismiss our clients’ case against the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s…

Environmental experts lay out expectations for federal environmental assessment bill

Jan 25, 2018

Commitment to sustainability, public participation and reconciliation essential in next-generation assessment law OTTAWA – A coalition of experts from Canadian environmental groups and academic institutions is calling for stronger safeguards and fairer processes for reviewing proposals in the federal government’s new assessment law. A bill to replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 is expected…

UPDATE: Lawsuit over air pollution in Chemical Valley discontinued

Dec 15, 2017

TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyer Kaitlyn Mitchell issued the following statement today about ongoing concerns with Ontario’s chronic failure to address the air quality crisis in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley: “After eight years of government delay, Ecojustice lawyers helped Aamjiwnaang First Nation community member Ada Lockridge launch a lawsuit aimed at forcing Ontario to review how it…

Enviro groups, Indigenous alliance seek right to challenge oil exploration in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Dec 13, 2017

Groups, acting in public interest, demand day in court to defend Gulf of St. Lawrence St. John’s, NEWFOUNDLAND — Environmental groups and an alliance of Indigenous peoples are in court today to argue they should be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit challenging an oil and gas exploration licence. The lawsuit challenges a decision to…

Ontario’s Endangered Species Act failing to protect at-risk species after 10 years of implementation: report

Dec 12, 2017

Report identifies more than 2,000 “exempted” activities in at-risk species’ habitats, with no government oversight or public scrutiny TORONTO — Ontario’s 2007 Endangered Species Act (ESA) isn’t protecting at-risk species because the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is failing to effectively implement it, according to a report released today by the David Suzuki Foundation,…

STATEMENT: Copper One surrenders mining claims in First Nation traditional territory

Dec 22, 2017

OTTAWA — Chief Casey Ratt and representatives from Ecojustice and the Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement (CQDE) issued the following statement in response to mining company, Copper One withdrawing its claims in the ancestral territories of the Mitchikanibikok Inik First Nation: Chief Casey Ratt said: “We fought to drive Copper One and its mining…

Federal Court reconfirms Taseko’s New Prosperity mine a ‘no go’

Dec 7, 2017

VANCOUVER/OTTAWA – The Federal Court dismissed a Taseko Mines Ltd. lawsuit in a ruling earlier this week, closing the door on the company’s most recent bid to build a copper-gold mine in Tŝilhqot’in territory in central British Columbia. The Court turned down the company’s challenge to the federal environmental review panel report – which found that the…

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