The Canadian Environmental Protection Act is Canada's most important environmental law. And yet, in the likely event that you are not an environmental lawyer, you have probably never heard of it.
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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 companies responsible monitor and make plans to clean up the contaminated RDM Recycling site.
04/05/2017 01:36 EDT
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.
03/24/2017 02:25 EDT
We applaud the Standing Committee's review of the Fisheries Act for recognizing and supporting habitat protection for all
03/09/2017 04:34 EST
Triclosan: You may have never heard of it, but chances are that you and your family use products that contain it regularly. Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that it is harmful to the environment and humans - especially children. And it doesn't work particularly well.
01/27/2017 01:41 EST
The ban means that the government cannot hand out any new offshore oil and gas licences in Arctic waters. And without a licence, a company cannot apply to drill for oil or gas. In essence, the ban protects both the sensitive Arctic environment and vulnerable communities by stopping risky projects before they start.
01/09/2017 03:25 EST
Jumbo Valley (Qat'muk) is essential to the spiritual beliefs and practices of the Ktunaxa people. The outcome of the Ktunaxa's case will determine whether the Charter protects against state-sponsored desecration of First Nations spiritual sites.
12/01/2016 12:13 EST
Over the years, you've heard us say time and again that environmental assessment (EA) law in Canada is broken and needs some
11/30/2016 01:27 EST
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 contributions to lasting well-being.
11/15/2016 09:43 EST
A lack of environmental rights impacts some of us more than others. Time and time again low-income populations, First Nations communities, and other historically disadvantaged groups in our society are forced to bear more than their fair share of environmental harm while more affluent communities benefit.
11/08/2016 08:49 EST
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.
10/26/2016 06:02 EDT
Instead of asking how to move more and more crude oil, let's start asking how we can have a cleaner, greener economy that keeps people safe, the environment pristine, and delivers good green jobs. Once you start asking that question two big things become clear.
08/26/2016 11:50 EDT
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. The Rouge is home to sensitive forest and wetland areas, and more than 1,700 species of plants and animals.
06/30/2016 02:59 EDT
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.
06/29/2016 12:48 EDT
The review fails to match up to Trudeau's promises for bold action on climate change. Instead, the draft review relies on assumptions that minimize Canada's contribution to global emissions and encourages it to avoid accountability for emissions related to oil and gas projects.
06/09/2016 04:47 EDT
Many communities in Nova Scotia are fortunate enough to live in an environment that is healthy -- the air is clean, they have ready access to clean water, and the land is free from harmful levels of contamination. But some communities are less fortunate.
05/16/2016 06:18 EDT
Whether included in an existing law such as the Canadian Environmental Protection Act or by way of a new statute, national and enforceable air pollution standards would be a step towards a more equitable society, in which disadvantaged communities aren't left bearing more than their fair share of the national environmental health burden.
05/03/2016 01:48 EDT
AquaBounty Inc. sought and was granted approval to manufacture genetically-modified AquAdvantage salmon eggs at a facility in Prince Edward Island, ship those eggs to Panama for grow-out, and then sell the salmon as food in North America. Outcry and opposition was swift, particularly in reaction to news that the FDA will not require genetically-modified salmon to be labelled.
11/26/2015 11:50 EST
The U.S. decision on Keystone XL sent a clear message: Tar sands pipeline projects like the ones currently under consideration or subject to litigation in Canada -- TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project -- are not the way of the future.
11/13/2015 10:54 EST
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.
11/11/2015 12:21 EST
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