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Melissa Gorrie

Ecojustice staff lawyer

Melissa Gorrie is an Ecojustice staff lawyer, based in Edmonton. Her early work has focused on expanding Ecojustice’s presence in Alberta and includes the launch of new work to secure emergency protection for declining woodland caribou herds in the northeast of the province.

Prior to being called to the bar in 2008, she boasted a broad ranging and impressive academic track record that saw her graduate “Honours with Distinction” in Psychology and go on to complete her L.LB. at the University of Alberta in 2007.

Melissa is also an engaged community member, and accomplished world traveler. She currently sits on two not-for-profit boards, has volunteered with both Sierra Club and Greenpeace, and has recently completed 5 months of travel through Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Ecojustice is a leading charity that uses the law to protect and restore Canada's environment.
Canada Must Do Its Fair Share To Reduce Greenhouse Gas

Canada Must Do Its Fair Share To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

As a party to the Paris Agreement, Canada was required to submit its domestic contribution to reduce emissions. Unfortunately, the NDC it submitted was identical to what the Harper government put forth years ago. This target has been rated as "inadequate" as it will not ensure that Canada does its fair share.
11/25/2016 13:20 EST
Ontario's Bait And Switch Approach To Benzene Will Put People's Health At

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

Ontario's health-based air quality standard for benzene is set to become law on July 1, 2016. Yet Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is working to accommodate a request from two of the province's largest industrial benzene emitters -- the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries.
06/28/2016 15:43 EDT
Liberals Must Reaffirm Canadians' Right to Clean

Liberals Must Reaffirm Canadians' Right to Clean Water

The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act sets high standards but without the adequate funding, leaves communities without the necessary tools to meet those standards. Despite repeated pledges from the federal government to ensure clean drinking water, there are routinely more than 100 water advisories in effect in First Nation communities, with some living under advisories for up to 20 years.
10/23/2015 12:33 EDT
Exposing the Blind Side of the Ethical Oil

Exposing the Blind Side of the Ethical Oil Campaign

The ethical oil campaign often glosses over the price we're paying to develop the tar sands. But how ethical is an industry that destroys our boreal forests, pollutes our water and drives species to extinction? It's time we stop pointing fingers at other countries and take a long hard look at how we are acting in our own backyard.
11/19/2011 08:43 EST
How was a Controversial Coal Plant Approved with no Public

How was a Controversial Coal Plant Approved with no Public Hearing?

People are outraged by the Alberta Utilities Commission's fast-tracked interim approval of a 500-megawatt coal plant that would produce three mega tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year. How did this happen? There is a pervasive flaw Alberta's approval system.
07/19/2011 09:12 EDT