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STATEMENT: Ecojustice reacts to Ford government’s climate change plan

Nov 29, 2018

TORONTO – Today the Ford government released its environment plan, including weakened targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. Ecojustice’s Charles Hatt issued the following statement in response: “The plan unveiled by the Ford government today falls well short of delivering the climate solutions Ontarians are counting on to protect their health, security, and…

Statement: Environmental groups call on feds to step up B.C. caribou protections

Nov 19, 2018

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Greenpeace Canada, Wilderness Committee, and Wildsight, sent a letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna on Friday, Nov. 16, urging her to implement protections for Southern Mountain caribou in British Columbia. The groups issued the following statement upon…

Canada’s approval of pollinator-killing pesticide violates federal law

Nov 19, 2018

Groups in court over neonicotinoid pesticide linked to declining pollinator populations TORONTO — Environmental groups are in Federal Court today to protect pollinators from a harmful neonicotinoid pesticide, Thiamethoxam, by challenging the lax oversight of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). Lawyers from Ecojustice representing the David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada, Ontario Nature…

STATEMENT: Doug Ford axes independent office of Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner

Nov 15, 2018

Devon Page, Executive Director of Ecojustice, made the following statement in response to the provincial government’s announcement that it intends to eliminate the independent office of the Environmental Commission of Ontario and will move it under the Auditor General’s office. “The Ford government has made a move against its environmental watchdog, and we’re left wondering what…

Environmental groups call for federal protection of Ontario’s boreal caribou

Nov 14, 2018

Iconic Canadian animal in jeopardy after a decade of mishandling by Ontario government For immediate release Nov 14, 2018 TORONTO – Three environmental groups are calling on the federal government to step in and protect boreal caribou critical habitat in two ranges in northern Ontario. On Nov 13, Ecojustice submitted a petition to the federal…

Tainted science used to justify continued use of pesticide linked to cancer

Nov 12, 2018

“Monsanto papers” suggest some studies Canada used to okay glyphosate use were biased OTTAWA – With the recent revelation that Monsanto allegedly manipulated studies on glyphosate, health and environmental groups are calling on the federal government to carefully consider the notorious “Monsanto papers” as it deliberates the future of the chemical’s use in Canada. “Some…

Coal project opponents in court to argue Port approval was biased

Nov 8, 2018

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice lawyers are in court Thursday, representing Communities and Coal Society and two local residents in their fight against the Fraser Surrey Docks coal project, a facility that could lead to the transfer of millions of tonnes of American coal through British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. Christine Dujmovich, Paula Williams and Communities and Coal…

Indian Head hatchery expansion needs proper environmental assessment

Nov 6, 2018

Groups appeal to Minister over concerns Marine Harvest plan is being rushed through ST JOHN’S – Groups concerned about the health of wild salmon stocks in Newfoundland and Labrador are asking Andrew Parsons, Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Environment, to subject the expansion of the Indian Head Hatchery, located near Stephenville, to a proper…

STATEMENT: B.C. tables environmental assessment legislation, Ecojustice reacts

Nov 5, 2018

VANCOUVER – Olivia French, Ecojustice lawyer, issued the following statement in response to the Government of British Columbia tabling new environmental legislation on Nov. 5: “Environmental assessments are critical tools that help ensure projects are safe for the environment and for our communities. When done properly, they also offer an important opportunity for the public…

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