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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…

First Nations, environmental groups launch lawsuit to protect at-risk boreal caribou

Jan 24, 2019

CALGARY — Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation, Alberta Wilderness Association and David Suzuki Foundation, have filed a lawsuit against the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change for her failure to protect the critical habitat of five boreal caribou herds in northeastern Alberta. Populations of…

MEDIA ADVISORY: MiningWatch Canada, Ecojustice available to comment on New Prosperity mine court case

Jan 14, 2019

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice lawyers will be appearing in the Federal Court of Appeal today on behalf of MiningWatch Canada, to intervene in a case that will determine the future of Taseko’s proposed New Prosperity mine project. Jamie Kneen, communications and outreach coordinator at MiningWatch Canada, and Olivia French, Ecojustice lawyer, are available for comment on…

Glyphosate : Santé Canada n’établit pas d’examen indépendant concernant des données scientifiques manipulées utilisées dans le cadre de l’évaluation du controversé pesticide

Jan 11, 2019

OTTAWA — Santé Canada a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’elle n’allait pas prendre de mesures supplémentaires afin de répondre aux sérieuse préoccupations relatives à la crédibilité scientifique de sa décision de maintenir l’homologation du glyphosate pour quinze ans. Des groupes de défense de l’environnement et de la santé sont grandement déçus de la décision d’Ottawa, qui refuse…

Health Canada will not investigate evidence of manipulated science in evaluation of the controversial pesticide, glyphosate

Jan 11, 2019

OTTAWA — Health Canada announced that it will not take further steps to address major concerns about the scientific credibility of its decision to maintain the registration of glyphosate for another 15 years. Environmental and health groups are disappointed by Ottawa’s decision not to strike an independent review of its evaluation of this herbicide, despite concerning…

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