Ecojustice

Legal Tools for a Healthy Environment

Oct 30 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This one-day workshop is designed to help groups working in the environmental sector become more familiar with the legal tools available to them. Join lawyers from the ELC and Ecojustice for a vibrant discussion on topics including: 

  • Accessing information;
  • Petitioning the federal Commissioner for the Environment;
  • Navigating the judicial review process;
  • Small group discussions on real life scenarios;
    …and much more! 

Registration: $20 per person Read more about Legal Tools for a Healthy Environment

Location

Hotel Arts
119 12 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB

Legal Tools for a Healthy Environment

Nov 5 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This one-day workshop is designed to help groups working in the environmental sector become more familiar with the legal tools available to them. Join lawyers from the ELC and Ecojustice for a vibrant discussion on topics including: 

  • Accessing information;
  • Petitioning the federal Commissioner for the Environment;
  • Navigating the judicial review process;
  • Small group discussions on real life scenarios;
    …and much more! 

Registration: $20 per person Read more about Legal Tools for a Healthy Environment

Location

Kingsway Legion
14339 50 Street NW
Edmonton , AB

Tell Minister McKenna that dirty thermal coal has no place in the 21st Century

From Ecojustice:

Thermal coal is a 19th century fuel that has no place in 2019.

So why is a massive Canadian coal mine expansion on the table?

Thermal coal is the dirtiest form of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel. It’s toxic for human health and disastrous for the climate.

Despite this, mining company Coalspur wants to expand its Vista thermal coal mine, located in Alberta, to double or even triple its current planned capacity to extract thermal coal. If this happens, up to 15 million tonnes of coal could be extracted every year for export to coal plants overseas.

To put this into context, the greenhouse gas emissions, from burning that amount of coal, would be equal to the total annual emissions from more than 7 million cars.

With the help of supporters like you, Ecojustice has confronted dirty coal projects in the past. Now, on behalf of the Keepers of the Water and the West Athabasca Watershed Bioregional Society, we’re calling on the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to show climate leadership by ordering an environmental assessment of the Vista mine expansion. Read more about Tell Minister McKenna that dirty thermal coal has no place in the 21st Century

Pending approval of new oilsands mine cause for concern

Pembina Institute and Ecojustice react to Joint Review Panel recommendation to approve new oilsands mine

CALGARY – Environmental law group Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are concerned about the potential climate impacts of the Teck Resources’ Frontier oilsands open pit mine, following the release of a Joint Review Panel report today that recommends its approval.

Despite finding that the mine would have significant adverse impacts on the environment – including the irreversible loss of 14,000 hectares of wetlands – the Panel concluded that those impacts are justified and that the project is in the public interest. Moreover, despite previous legal precedent, the Panel failed to recognize the adverse climate impacts or explain why the emissions impacts of this project are not significant. Read more about Pending approval of new oilsands mine cause for concern

Ontario Court of Appeal hands Doug Ford another “L” on climate change

Toronto, June 28, 2019 – In a judgement handed down today, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed the federal government has the power to step in when the province fails to effectively tackle climate change.

Following the release of the court’s decision, Ecojustice lawyer and climate program director Alan Andrews issued the following statement: Read more about Ontario Court of Appeal hands Doug Ford another “L” on climate change

Statement: Bill C-69 passes in the House

Ottawa – When House of Commons passed the Senate’s proposed amendments to Bill C-69, the federal government took an important step toward making good on its once-in-a-generation commitment to repair Canada’s broken environmental laws, says Ecojustice. Bill C-69 introduces the new Impact Assessment Act (IAA)which provides greater transparency in the environmental assessment process and more clearly-defined criteria for whether a project is in the public interest. Read more about Statement: Bill C-69 passes in the House

STATEMENT: Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to kill Alberta’s carbon tax is short sighted

CALGARY, May 23, 2019 — Premier Jason Kenney tabled legislation yesterday to scrap Alberta’s carbon tax as of May 30. The legislation removes the consumer levy, as well as the tax on facilities producing less than 100,000 tonnes of carbon per year.

Barry Robinson, lawyer for Ecojustice, made the following statement: Read more about STATEMENT: Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to kill Alberta’s carbon tax is short sighted

Cabinet must reject NEB recommendation, shut door on Trans Mountain project: Ecojustice

VANCOUVER – The National Energy Board (NEB) recommended today that Cabinet approve the Trans Mountain pipeline project, following a review of the project’s marine shipping impacts. Ecojustice lawyer Dyna Tuytel issued the following statement in response:

“The Trans Mountain pipeline project poses an unacceptable risk to endangered orcas, communities, and the climate. Read more about Cabinet must reject NEB recommendation, shut door on Trans Mountain project: Ecojustice

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