Ruling Puts Canada's Health And Environment At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Impact

If allowed to stand, the decision will further constrain the ability of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) to ensure that most serious environmental and human health impacts associated with major industrial projects, including mines, dams and tar sands operations, are addressed.

Northern Gateway Opponents Are Finally Getting Their Day in Court

Ecojustice | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact

Eighteen lawsuits, including ones brought by our clients, have been filed and consolidated in to one mega-hearing that begins in Vancouver on Thursday. In the courtroom, Enbridge and the federal government will be up against steadfast, unwavering opposition from a diverse set of interest that includes First Nations communities, environmental groups and organized labour

Abandoned Oil Wells Could Spike In Alberta With Falling Prices

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Alberta

"In the worst-case scenario you can have a well that is venting something or leaking something and not being aware of it because you've never done the pressure testing that was required."

Trouble Could Be Brewing for B.C.'s Endangered Killer Whales

Ecojustice | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Two years ago, Ecojustice and our clients celebrated a landmark win for protection of B.C.'s iconic killer whales under the Species at Risk Act. And while there have been some recent signs that these populations may be on the long road to recovery, proposed projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and now the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion pose new threats to their survival.

Peaceful Protests Are Not a National Security Threat

Ecojustice | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Politics

Looking at Bill C-51, Ecojustice's primary concerns revolve around the proposed information-sharing regime and its implications for First Nations and environmentalists engaged in non-violent protests against fracking, pipelines, or other projects that pose serious risks to the environment and human health. Bill C-51 should be amended to exempt all forms of "advocacy, protest, dissent or artistic expression" so long as they do not endanger life. A peaceful Aboriginal blockade or environmental protest is not a national security threat. 

For Many Canadians Without Safe Drinking Water, Help Isn't on the Way

Ecojustice | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Impact

At any given time, there are thousands of Canadians who cannot safely drink the water out of the taps in their homes. In some extreme cases, they may not even have indoor plumbing. The worst part is that for many, help isn't on the way.

What Bill C-22 Means For Oil Spill Cleanup in Canada

Ecojustice | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A chemical dispersant is a kind of "spill-treating agent" (or "STA") that is designed to break up an oil slick and dilute the oil by mixing it into the water. A chemical dispersant isn't truly a clean-up tool -- it doesn't take any spilled oil out of the environment, and by the time a dispersant is applied, it's already too late to save most life forms in the vicinity of the spill.

For Too Many in Ontario, Unpolluted Air Is a Luxury

Ecojustice | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Impact

People living in industry-heavy areas of cities such as Hamilton, Sarnia, and Windsor bear an unfair burden when it comes to exposure to air contaminants. Many of these substances -- including benzene, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and particulate matter -- are known to pose serious threats to human health,

When Mother Earth Has Nothing Left To Give, We Must Slow Down

Ecojustice | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia

We must learn from people who have a deep connection to place and accept that the earth has limits that must be respected.

Canada's Environmental Bill of Rights Is a Step in the Right Direction

Ecojustice | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Politics

By almost any measure, Canada fares surprisingly poorly when it comes to protecting the environment. In 2013, the Conference Board of Canada ranked us 15th out of 17 countries based on a wide range of environmental metrics. Yet as anyone who has paddled a river, hiked a trail, or spent time in Canada's gazillion wild and beautiful places will know, this is a country that should be leading the world on green performance.

NAFTA Environmental Watchdog 'Dying A Slow Death'

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Business

Attempts by NAFTA's environmental watchdog to look into the Harper government's record on salmon farming and the oilsands are at an impasse after dead...

Ontario Should Continue to Investigate This Chemical Leak

Ecojustice | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada

Earlier this week, I learned that the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) has decided to drop its investigation into an April 2013 chemical leak at a Shell refinery in Sarnia. Why? According to an MOE spokesperson, there wasn't enough evidence to proceed further.

Canada's Right to a Healthy Environment Must Be Part of the Charter

Ecojustice | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Impact

The Charter is Canada's highest law and it applies to all levels of government across the country. It gives each of us inalienable rights -- ones that protect us from discrimination and guarantee our right to life, liberty and security of the person. We believe the Charter should include environmental rights too.

We Need To Do More To Ensure Canada's Wildlife Is Protected

Ecojustice | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

According to Environment Canada, there are more than 525 plant and animal species -- including the woodland caribou, greater sage-grouse, and piping plover -- at risk of disappearing from the country.

Plains Midstream Settlement Shows Lack Of Pipeline Accountability

Ecojustice | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Alberta

While we're pleased that federal and provincial regulators finally took action and laid charges against Plains Midstream, the size and nature of the settlements is somewhat disconcerting. It raises a number of questions and once again sheds light on the major weaknesses in Canada's environmental law and enforcement framework.

Kinder Morgan Makes For Strange Bedfellows

Ecojustice | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

We are mystified that with so much at stake, with the risks of this project being so high, the board would quibble over nine days. We would have expected the board to err on the side of good process and give Kinder Morgan the extra time to answer the questions that have been asked by municipalities, landowners, local businesses, First Nations and environmental organizations.

Time For The Alberta Energy Regulator To Prove It's 'Best In Class'

Ecojustice | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Alberta

While the Alberta Energy Regulator has made regulatory orders in some cases, no charges have been laid related to any of the oil spills that made headlines last summer. And for the most part, the public remains in the dark about how those spills have affected their communities and the environment. As the AER enters its second year, it has a golden opportunity to live up to its big promises.

B.C. Endangered Species Have Little Protection, Confirms Court Decision

Ecojustice | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. is home to 75 per cent of Canada's bird species, 70 per cent of its freshwater fish species and 66 per cent of its butterfly species. More 1,900 of these species are at-risk. A staggering 87 per cent these don't receive any protection under provincial or federal laws.

There's No "Action" in the Killer Whale Action Plan

Ecojustice | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

It seems that the federal government decided to leave the "action" out of its killer whale draft action plan. The result is a vague, disappointing plan that is legally and scientifically inadequate to meet four key recovery outcomes.

B.C. Grizzly Hunt Bolstered By Spurious Science

Chris Genovali | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Government policy makers and their bureaucratic minions who manage the grizzly hunt are not interested in rigorous science, but are keenly interested in maintaining the status quo for reasons having to do with power and control.

Enviros File Suit To Stop Pipeline

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The Northern Gateway pipeline project is headed to court, after several environmental groups and at least two First Nations filed lawsuits...

'Huge Backlog' Affecting Endangered Species?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal ministers responsible for protecting endangered species took action on four critically threatened species because they were fa...

Why Did It Take SO LONG To Save Humpbacks?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal government has violated Canadian law by failing to protect endangered species, a coalition of environmental groups told a Fede...