Press Releases

FOI Commissioner rejects $173,000 fee for list of worst polluters

Jan 13, 2010

As the Government of British Columbia takes steps to further obstruct public access to information, Sierra Legal has won an important battle in its four-year fight to ensure that the Ministry of Environment does not cover up the identities—and emissions—of the province’s worst polluters. [April 23, 2007]

First global warming lawsuit launched against Canada

Jan 13, 2010

Friends of the Earth Canada has launched a landmark lawsuit today against the Government of Canada for abandoning its international commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. Filed in Federal Court in Ottawa by Canada’s largest environmental law organization, Sierra Legal, the lawsuit alleges that the federal government is violating Canadian law by failing to meet its binding international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [May 29, 2007]

Ontario Passes Best Endangered Species Act in the Country

Jan 13, 2010

Today, Ontario’s leading environmental organizations are hailing Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act as the best in the country. The new law balances a strong, science-based approach to protecting endangered plants and animals with the flexibility needed to address socio-economic concerns. [May 16, 2007]

Trees and jobs wasted in rush to beat beetle, study warns

Jan 13, 2010

Too many healthy forests are being logged and massive amounts of usable wood are being wasted in response to the mountain pine beetle, says a study released today by B.C.’s top environmental groups and woodworking unions. [June 21, 2007]

Federal Court hears case against BC open-pit copper and gold mine

Jan 13, 2010

In a case that could have far-reaching consequences, lawyers from Sierra Legal will tell a Federal Court judge tomorrow that development of a large open-pit mine in northern British Columbia should not go ahead until the project has undergone a comprehensive environmental assessment. The Red Chris Mine would turn creek headwaters into a tailings waste dump, destroying fish habitat and risking contamination of the Stikine watershed in northwestern BC. [June 18, 2007]

New research finds B.C.’s wildlife in serious peril

Jan 13, 2010

More than 1,300 plants and wildlife are at risk of disappearing from B.C., yet only five per cent of them receive any kind of protection under provincial laws, says a new study released today by the David Suzuki Foundation and Sierra Legal. [June 7, 2007]

Greater Vancouver, BC, face trial over Lions Gate sewage pollution

Jan 13, 2010

MEDIA RELEASE – Provincial Court trial dates have been set for June 2008 to hear a charge that effluent from the Lions Gate sewage treatment plant in West Vancouver is polluting coastal waters and violating federal environmental law. [July 17, 2007]

Feds could face legal challenge over Irving Oil Refinery

Jan 13, 2010

MEDIA RELEASE – Environmental groups announced today that the federal government could face a legal challenge over a proposal by Irving Oil to build a massive oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick. [July 17, 2007]

Community group challenges controversial Saint John pipeline

Jan 13, 2010

MEDIA RELEASE – A New Brunswick community group announced today that it is launching a lawsuit over a proposed $350 million natural gas export pipeline that would cut through the heart of one of Canada’s oldest and largest urban parks, Rockwood Park in Saint John. [July 25, 2007]

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