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Ontario’s challenge to federal carbon pricing legislation wasteful and irresponsible, Ecojustice says

Aug 2, 2018

TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyer Amir Attaran issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement that Ontario will be moving forward with a constitutional challenge of federal carbon tax legislation: “The Ontario government is already having a kick at this particular can in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. From a legal perspective, bringing a second…

B.C. environment minister told to kick logging trucks out of Manning Park or face court action

Aug 2, 2018

VANCOUVER – Lawyers from Ecojustice, representing the Wilderness Committee today called on B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman to rescind a 2014 Parks Use Permit that allows logging trucks to travel through a section of Manning Park, or face possible court action.  “Are B.C.’s environmental laws so weak that they allow logging trucks in parks? The…

Ford government’s dismantling of Ontario climate law irresponsible, Ecojustice says

Jul 25, 2018

TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyer, Charles Hatt issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement that Ontario will repeal its Climate Change and Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016: “The Ford government is doing away with Ontario’s greenhouse gas reduction targets and cap-and-trade scheme without proposing its own alternative. This is an irresponsible approach that…

Statement from environmental and health groups on government’s proposed path forward for strengthening Canada’s toxics law

Jun 29, 2018

On the right track, but taking too long to get there Ottawa, Ont. – Environmental and health groups welcome the federal government’s commitment to starting the process of updating Canada’s toxics law and introducing reforms as early as 2020. However, we are concerned that until the law is strengthened, avoidable threats to the environment and public…

Professional reliance reform is a step forward for B.C.

Jun 28, 2018

The British Columbia government today released a report on the current government practice of relying on professionals hired by the industry to manage the risk to public health and the environment as we develop our natural resources. The report follows an 8-month provincial review process to examine whether qualified professionals have the tools and structure…

Keeping Jumbo wild is the law, enviro and citizen advocacy groups tell B.C. Supreme Court

Jun 25, 2018

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Supreme Court must uphold a 2015 government decision that forced developers to halt work on the contentious Jumbo Glacier Resort Project, environmental and citizen advocacy groups say. They say the project would cause widespread harm to the environment and local communities if built, and that it cannot go ahead because an…

Ecojustice applauds legislation to modernize the Fisheries Act

Jun 20, 2018

OTTAWA – Environmental lawyers are calling Bill C-68, passed in the House of Commons, a major win for fish and their habitat. “Getting Bill C-68 though the House is an important step toward fulfilling the federal government’s promise to modernize and restore lost protections to the Fisheries Act,” said Joshua Ginsberg, Director of Legislative Affairs…

Legal experts welcome bill to strengthen key environmental laws

Jun 20, 2018

OTTAWA – Law experts are calling Bill C-69, passed by the House of Commons today, a significant step toward better protections for Canadians and the environment. The bill improves the way reviews of projects with potentially adverse impacts – such as pipelines, mines, and nuclear facilities – are conducted. “The Environment Committee worked hard and…

G7 Summit: Environmental groups call on Minister McKenna to use law, crack down on plastic pollution

Jun 7, 2018

OTTAWA – On the eve of the G7 Summit meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec, environmental groups are calling on Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna to crack down on plastic pollution. “Plastic pollution is consuming our oceans, poisoning wildlife, and contaminating our food chain,” said Ecojustice lawyer James Gunvaldsen Klaassen. “It is time…

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