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As Canada's only national environmental law charity, Ecojustice is building the case for a better earth.

For the last 25 years, Ecojustice has led the legal fight for a brighter environmental future. From coast to coast to coast, our legal experts go to court to tackle Canada's toughest environmental problems. Our groundbreaking lawsuits protect wilderness and wildlife, take aim at dirty energy projects and keep harmful chemicals out of the air, water and soil we all depend on.

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Harrietsfield Residents Demand Cleanup

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2017 | 1:36 PM

For nearly a decade, toxic chemicals from a construction and demolition recycling facility have contaminated the water supply of many residents of Harrietsfield, N.S.

More than 2,400 Canadians signed a letter demanding that Nova Scotia Environment Minister Margaret Miller use her legislative power to enforce orders requiring the...

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Final Federal Killer Whale Action Plan Still Short On 'Action'

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2017 | 2:25 PM

Long overdue, the federal Action Plan fails to outline actions that will ensure endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales are protected from major threats to their survival.

Killer whales are an indicator species, meaning that when we have a healthy population we likely have a healthy ocean. That's why the Southern Resident Killer...

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Fisheries Act Review: Standing Committee Report And Recommendations

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 3:34 PM

We applaud the Standing Committee's review of the Fisheries Act for recognizing and supporting habitat protection for all fish, yet the report falls short on other critical issues.

Since coming to power, the federal government has talked about restoring federal environmental laws gutted by the Harper administration in 2012.

On...

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Canada Still Won't Ban Unsafe Triclosan From Your Family Products

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 12:41 PM

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Triclosan: You may have never heard of it, but chances are that you and your family use products that contain it regularly. Triclosan is a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent used in 1,600 cosmetics and personal care...

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New Arctic Drilling Ban Is A Significant Victory For The Environment

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 2:25 PM

Canada makes Arctic waters off limits, but questions remain

In December 2016, Canada and the United States jointly announced a ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling licences in the Arctic's icy waters. This is a significant victory for the Arctic.

Ecojustice lawyers have worked...

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Follow New Zealand's Lead And Uphold Indigenous Rights In Court

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 11:13 AM

We've been working with Amnesty International Canada in support of the Ktunaxa Nation's fight to keep Jumbo Valley wild. In October, we filed a brief with the court that detailed international case law upholding indigenous rights and examples of how other countries live up to this responsibility.

If this sounds...

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Environmental Assessment Law Reform: Judicial Review And Decision Making

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 12:27 PM

Over the years, you've heard us say time and again that environmental assessment (EA) law in Canada is broken and needs some big changes. When we heard the Expert Panel reviewing the law was seeking public input, we jumped at the opportunity.

Ecojustice has a long history of working with...

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Canada Must Do Its Fair Share To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2016 | 12:20 PM

I recently returned from COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. What is COP 22, you ask? It's not the 22nd installment of the infamous Police Academy movies. It is the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- an international environmental agreement that...

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Environmental Assessment Review: Importance Of Clarity And Addressing Uncertainty

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2016 | 8:43 AM

We've said it before, and we'll say it again, Canada's environmental assessment (EA) processes are broken and in need of re-envisioning. There must be a shift from simply mitigating a project's adverse impacts to a process that focuses on long-term sustainable policies, plans and projects that promote the strongest possible...

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Ontario's Environmental Bill Of Rights Needs A Facelift

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2016 | 7:49 AM

Canadian society's conceptions of basic human rights are constantly evolving. Lawyers and judges conceive of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms -- which provides constitutional protection of many of our most fundamental human rights -- as being a "living tree" for this very reason.

In 1993, when Ontario's...

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Canadian Environmental Assessment Law Needs Real Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2016 | 6:02 PM

Ecojustice has worked with federal environmental assessment (EA) law in its various forms for more than 20 years. These experiences have given us many clear examples of how Canada's EA process is broken and in need of major changes.

Earlier this year, the minister of environment and climate change established...

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Pipeline Versus Rail 'Debate' Sticks Canadians With A False Choice

(79) Comments | Posted August 26, 2016 | 11:50 AM

When we debate whether transporting oil by rail or through pipelines is worse for our communities and our environment, we are looking at the wrong question.

Imagine sitting down at a restaurant and finding only two dishes on the menu -- Pipeline Pie or Rail Ragout. The dishes look slightly...

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Pushing To Protect Canada's First And Only National Urban Park

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 2:59 PM

The Rouge River and Valley ecosystem is surrounded by more than 100 square kilometres of publicly owned Greenbelt lands in an unusual location -- next to one of Canada's most-urbanized areas.

Located within the eastern Greater Toronto Area and within Canada's endangered Carolinian Life Zone, the Rouge is home to...

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The Age Of Accountability Begins For Climate Change Deniers

(73) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 12:48 PM

Recently we learned that the Competition Bureau is going to investigate several climate change denier groups that have publicly misrepresented climate science on billboards and the web. This is great news for those who want an honest conversation about climate change.

Last December we helped six prominent Canadians...

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Ontario's Bait And Switch Approach To Benzene Will Put People's Health At Risk

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 3:43 PM

After more than a decade of development and public consultation, Ontario's health-based air quality standard for benzene is set to become law on July 1, 2016. But if some of the province's largest benzene emitters have their way, the new law may not apply to them.

Benzene is a highly...

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Environment Canada's Kinder Morgan Review Comes Up Short

(26) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 4:47 PM

Canada has been at the forefront of the climate change conversation more than once during the past several months: In Paris, the newly elected federal government took a strong stance on the global warming limit, and more recently it joined the G7 nations in their pledge...

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All Nova Scotians Should Support Environmental Rights

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 6:18 PM

Nova Scotia is a beautiful province to live in.  With its pristine shorelines, undisturbed old-growth forest, and rolling hills, our province truly places natural splendour on display.

Many communities in this province are fortunate enough to live in an environment that is healthy -- the air is clean, they have...

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Canada Needs To Recognize The Right To Breathe Clean Air

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 1:48 PM

National air quality standards could help Canadians recognize a basic human right: the right to breathe clean air.

When we talk about human rights, we're often talking about fundamental concepts such as the right to practice our religion, the right to freedom of expression, or the right to love and...

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Genetically-Modified Salmon: Coming Soon To A Plate Near You?

(22) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 10:50 AM

U.S. approves GM salmon for human consumption. Here's what it means for Canada.

Last week, I -- along with my colleague Scott McAnsh -- went to Federal Court to argue that the government violated the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) when it approved a plan to manufacture genetically-modified salmon eggs...

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Rejection Of Keystone XL Is A Leap Forward For The Climate Movement

(15) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 9:55 AM

It's simple. You can't be a climate leader and approve dirty oil pipelines.

Keystone XL is dead.

On Nov. 6, President Barack Obama made a long-awaited statement rejecting TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The project, he said, wasn't in the United States' national interest, and, more significantly, approving...

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