MEDIA RELEASE – A coalition of environmental groups today served Federal Environment Minister Rona Ambrose with a petition giving her 60 days to step in to protect two endangered plants in Alberta or face a lawsuit. Alberta Wilderness Association, Federation of Alberta Naturalists, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Sierra Club of Canada and Nature Canada, represented by Sierra Legal Defence Fund, are threatening the suit to test the federal government’s intention to protect Canada’s endangered wildlife.
MEDIA RELEASE – Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, a remote northern Ontario Aboriginal community, won the first stage of a controversial legal battle that could have major repercussions for mining and resource extraction operations throughout the province. In May, KI had launched a lawsuit to counter a $10 billion lawsuit filed against them by an Ontario mineral exploration company, Platinex Inc (TSXV:PTX), that wants to exploit platinum deposits located within KI’s traditional territory. The landmark decision from Justice G. P. Smith of the Ontario Superior Court represents one of the most important victories empowering Aboriginal communities in Ontario’s judicial history.
The Ontario government’s proposed Clean Water Act is essential for the long-term health of our communities and our environment
MEDIA RELEASE – An independent evaluation released yesterday reveals rampant federal mismanagement in implementing the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The evaluation by private consulting firm Stratos Inc., points out serious deficiencies in all of the key areas evaluated.
MEDIA RELEASE – Five of Canada’s most respected environmental groups are headed back to federal court to challenge Environment Minister Rona Ambrose’s refusal to protect Canada’s most endangered bird, the Northern spotted owl, under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The groups have filed an application for a judicial review of the Minister’s decision and are seeking a court order to overturn it.
MEDIA RELEASE – The US Federal Court ruled last Friday that it will grant Canadian environmental groups the right to participate in a lawsuit brought by industry groups. The industry groups are challenging the American government’s decision to protect the Southern Resident Orcas as an endangered species. Represented by Sierra Legal, Western Canada Wilderness Committee and Georgia Strait Alliance will join with their American partners to defend protection of the Southern Resident Orcas – from a uniquely Canadian perspective.
Groups from across Ontario blasted the province forits controversial plans to weaken environmental laws concerning waste management, including recycling, incineration and the handling of toxic waste. The groups argue that the province is attempting to sidestep much-needed public consultation on these issues and that recently proposed regulatory changes would seriously undermine current recycling and waste diversion programs.
MEDIA RELEASE – A coalition of Canadian and American environmental groups has filed a formal complaint to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America (CEC), alleging that Canada is failing to enforce its Species at Risk Act.
MEDIA RELEASE – The McGuinty government came under fire today from representatives of Ontario’s registered nurses, physicians, community groups and environment groups for abandoning its plan to phase out the province’s highly polluting coal-fired power plants.
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